Approaches on how to address
religious or spiritual matters, which are of great importance to the existence
and well-being of numerous patients, have been facing a lot of uncertainties
from the doctors and various healthcare providers. In this context, we will be
based on the application of the medical ethical principle of beneficence
because it is more concerned with the interests of the patient and do good for
the benefit of the patient. Furthermore, the medical ethical principle of
beneficence advocates for the development and maintenance of skills and
knowledge for the general well-being of patients. (Medical Ethics 101, 2017).
The issue on whether to
withhold or withdraw lifesaving action is still far from being solved, given
the Terri Schiavo situation, whose life support was withdrawn after a political
and legal dispute which lasted for a long time. (Withholding and Withdrawing
Life Saving: Moral Dilemmas, Moral Distress, and Moral Residue, 2007).
According to Christianity, the beneficence principle of medical ethics, the
healthcare providers should ensure that patients are well taken care of, just
as the character of the physician as the Good Samaritan who had compassion
towards the patient. This shown in the parable of the Good Samaritan, which is
found in the St Lukeâ€™s Gospel. (JesusChristsavior.net, 2017).
According to the American
Medical Association, the updated code of medical ethics for modern medicine
seeks to improve relevance, improve clarity and consistency by improving
structure and formatting to guarantee that foundational ethical ideologies and
specific physician responsibilities are easily readable and applicable. The
upgrading of the code of medical ethics ensures that values such as humanity,
loyalty, confidentiality, and integrity are upheld. (Code of Medical Ethics
Modernized for Contemporary Medicine, 2016).
The American Medical Ethics
and the beneficence principle of medical ethics have a lot in common because
they both advocate for the well-being of the patient by observing humanity and
compassion. Dealing with various illnesses and making ethical decisions on treatment
options as well as decisions concerning the withdrawal of life support requires
the incorporation of religious beliefs and spiritual practices. (Thomas R.
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