Public Health Quiz #15: Ethics in Medicine

1. A 17-year-old girl presents to the emergency department with severe abdominal pain. After evaluation, the physician determines she requires an emergency appendectomy. The patient expresses understanding and agrees to the procedure, but her parents are not present to give consent. What is the most appropriate next step in managing this patient?

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2. A physician discovers that a colleague has been coming to work under the influence of alcohol. Despite repeated personal appeals from the physician, the colleague continues this behavior. What is the most appropriate next action for the physician to take?

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3. A 30-year-old man with no known family is hospitalized after a serious car accident and is now in a persistent vegetative state. The healthcare team believes that continued life-sustaining treatment offers no benefit. There is no advanced directive. What is the most appropriate next step in managing his care?

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4. A patient with terminal cancer refuses further chemotherapy, stating he would prefer to focus on quality of life in his remaining time. His family is upset and asks the physician to continue treatment against the patient's wishes. What should the physician do?

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5. During a routine check-up, a patient confides in her physician that she is experiencing domestic violence but pleads with the physician not to report it, fearing retaliation. The physician is practicing in a state where reporting domestic violence is not mandated. What is the most ethical action for the physician to take? 

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