Ethics in Psychology
HEALTH CARE ETHICS FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS
Stephanie L. Hanson, Thomas R. Kerkhoff, and Shane S. Bush
American Psychological Association, 2004
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES The reader will be able to:
• Describe the patients? specific contexts and the challenges to clinical decision-making
• Explore the ethical questions encountered most often by practitioners
• Explore issues of informed consent, respect for patients? dignity and confidentiality
• Balance between patient and family rights
• Examine complex ethical dilemmas from the emergency room to long-term care
• Recognize the difficulty in differentiating mental health needs from the aging process
• Describe the general components of disclosure in order for consent to be legally recognized in most states
• Describe how frequently elder abuse occurs and how often it is reported
Stephanie L. Hanson, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Graduate Faculty Member in the Master of Public Health Program, and Clinical Associate Professor in Clinical and Health Psychology, The University of Florida. Thomas R. Kerkhoff, Ph.D., ABPP, is Clinical Professor in Clinical and Health Psychology, The University of Florida. Shane S. Bush, Ph.D., ABPP, ABPN, is in private practice in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY.
This book explores the ethical questions encountered most often by practitioners in health care settings. Ethical challenges occur almost routinely in health care. Issues of informed consent, respect for patients' dignity and confidentiality, the balance between patient and family rights, and billing for services under managed care are just a few of the topics that challenge psychologists to uphold their ethical obligations across the health care continuum. This casebook offers a real-life view of ethical situations as they unfold, including case-by-case consideration of critical background information, key stakeholders, the direct relevance of specific APA principles and standards, and suggested steps to resolve ethical issues. Case examples in settings from the emergency room to long-term care vividly illustrate the complexities of ethical dilemmas, and case commentaries helpfully explicate the quandaries presented. These detailed cases allow the reader to acquire a true understanding of the patients' specific contexts and the challenges to clinical decision-making. This dynamic view affords readers the opportunity to critically evaluate the resolutions offered or, alternately, to craft their own resolutions. This engrossing casebook will be required reading for psychologists and other mental health practitioners working in health care settings.