Public Health Quiz #21: Common Ethical Scenarios

1. A 25-year-old woman comes to the physician for a consultation. After a thorough review, she is diagnosed with a highly contagious form of tuberculosis. She understands the necessity of treatment but expresses her refusal due to personal beliefs. She also refuses to isolate herself, citing it would impede on her freedom. Which of the following is the most appropriate next step in management? 

Question 1 of 5

2. A 16-year-old boy is brought to the emergency department after suffering from a severe allergic reaction. The patient is conscious but in distress. He states that he is a Jehovah's Witness and refuses blood transfusion. Which of the following is the most appropriate action by the physician? 

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3. A 45-year-old man with terminal pancreatic cancer requests assistance in dying. He states he has thought about it extensively and wishes to end his life on his own terms. Which of the following is the most ethical response? 

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4. A 30-year-old woman in her second trimester of pregnancy is diagnosed with a severe form of congenital abnormality in the fetus that is incompatible with life. She chooses to carry the pregnancy to term. Her husband disagrees and insists on termination. Which of the following actions is most appropriate for the physician? 

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5. A 55-year-old man with a history of chronic kidney disease is on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. He suggests that he is willing to offer financial compensation to move up on the waiting list. Which of the following is the most appropriate response by the physician? 

Question 5 of 5


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