Ethical Dilemmas: Dysphagia Ethics It is with great appreciation that the column editor introduces this issue's ethical commentary. Anne Pittenger, the author of these comments, is a speech-language pathologist who has expertise in diagnosing and treating dysphagia. While an employee at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, Ms. Pittenger became acutely aware of the ... Article
Article  |   April 1997
Ethical Dilemmas: Dysphagia Ethics
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Ethical Dilemmas
Article   |   April 1997
Ethical Dilemmas: Dysphagia Ethics
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), April 1997, Vol. 6, 14-17. doi:10.1044/sasd6.1.14
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), April 1997, Vol. 6, 14-17. doi:10.1044/sasd6.1.14
It is with great appreciation that the column editor introduces this issue's ethical commentary. Anne Pittenger, the author of these comments, is a speech-language pathologist who has expertise in diagnosing and treating dysphagia. While an employee at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, Ms. Pittenger became acutely aware of the ethical dilemmas posed in working with individuals with dysphagia, particularly when they refused to agree with recommendations for swallowing in the face of life/health threatening consequences.
With the support of the institution, Anne pursued formal education in medical ethics at Georgetown University's Kennedy Institute of Ethics and returned to Magee to chair a task force addressing these dilemmas. The aim of the task force was to initiate an ethically acceptable and legally sound standard protocol for approaching these cases in their hospital.
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