Case 1: ethical and legal perspectives in healthcare

Required Reading

D’Abramo, F., Schildmann, J., & Vollmann, J. (2015). Research participants’ perceptions and views on consent for biobank research: A review of empirical data and ethical analysis. BMC Medical Ethics, 16(60). doi:10.1186/s12910-015-005305. 

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Duffy, J. D. (2016). Ethical aspects of palliative medicine. Oxford American Handbook of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, 287.

DeCamp, M., Farber, N. J., Torke, A. M., George, M., Berger, Z., Keirns, C.C., & Kaldjian, L.C. (2014). Ethical challenges for Accountable Care Organizations: A structured review. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 29(10)

Latham, S. R., Kipnis, K., Martin, M. W., & Gabard, D. L. (2014). Health care. In M. Davis & A. Stack (Eds.) Conflict of interest in the professions. (pp. 279-335). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Linder, D. (2018). Free exercise of religion;The issue: When may the government enforce a law that burdens an individual’s ability to exercise his or her religious beliefs? Retrieved from

Marcus, B. S., Shank, G., Carlson, J. N., & Venkat, A. (2015). Qualitative analysis of healthcare professionals’ viewpoints on the role of ethics committees and hospitals in the resolution of clinical ethical dilemmas. HEC Forum, 27(1), 11-34. doi:

Oyez. (n.d.). Cases – Free exercise of religion. Retrieved from

Perry, F. (2013). The tracks we leave: Ethical and management dilemmas in healthcare. Chapter 1: Understanding Your Ethical Responsibilities. Retrieved from

Rossum, R. A. & Tarr, G. A. (2013). Chapter 6: Freedom of religion. American constitutional law, volume II: The Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments. New York: Westview Press.

Snyder, J. E., & Gauthier, C. C. (2008). Evidence-based medical ethics. Chapter 2: The Underlying Principles of Ethical Patient Care Retrieved from

Summers, J. (2013) Principles of healthcare ethics. In E. E. Morrison and B. Furlong (Eds.) Health care ethics: Critical issues for the 21st century. (47-63). Burlington, MA: Jones and Barlett Learning, LLC. Retrieved from:

Thomson Reuters. (2018). United States Supreme Court; ROE v. WADE, (1973); No. 70-18 Argued: December 13, 1971; Decided: January 22, 1973. Retrieved from

University of Washington School of Medicine. (2013). Ethics in medicine: Clinical ethics and law. Accessed from

World Health Organization. (2016). Global health ethics. Accessed from

Required Video

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2018, January 18). OCR new conscience and religious freedom division announcement [Video file]. Retrieved from

Optional Reading

Vidat, A., Lecturer. (2015). Issues legal and economic regarding amendments of the individual employment contract because the individual performance targets are not achieved by the employee. Juridical Tribune Journal = Tribuna Juridica, 5(2), 201-207.


Assignment Overview

As a healthcare professional, it is your responsibility to be ethically sound. You have an essential responsibility to effectively apply ethical reasoning to crucial decisions. One method of elevating your ethical reasoning abilities is through the practice, reading, and understanding of case studies. While every case is not identical, the review of ethical case studies prepares you for similar incidents that may arise.

Case Assignment

For the Module 1 Case Assignment, you are to review 2 cases from the AMA Journal of Ethics (

In a 3-page paper complete the following:

  1. Identify each case that you have selected.
  2. Explain in detail the ethical issue of each case.
  3. Identify the ethical principle(s) that have been violated in the cases.
  4. Explain from a healthcare professional perspective, what you would have done differently in the case.

You are to support your analysis and views with at least 3 scholarly references (e.g., peer-reviewed journals).

Assignment Expectations

  1. Conduct additional research to gather sufficient information to justify/support your analysis.
  2. Limit your response to a maximum of 3 pages.
  3. Support your proposal with peer-reviewed articles, with at least 3 references. Use the following link for additional information on how to recognize peer-reviewed journals:
  4. You may use the following source to assist in your formatting your assignment:
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