For this assignment, you will write a short paper on bioethics. You can use the resources from this week and from Module Six to help you with this paper.

IHP 420 Module Eight Short Paper Guidelines and Rubric:


Healthcare professionals provide support throughout the cycle of life, from birth to death. They have an obligation to provide humane and compassionate care to patients while adhering to their specific field’s code of ethics. Sometimes, healthcare professionals are privy to discussions between family members regarding end-of-life issues. In some instances, a healthcare facility may be in charge of providing information about advance directives to patients. Healthcare professionals should calibrate their own moral beliefs to align with their ethical and legal obligations. By studying issues contained within real-life cases, healthcare professionals can come to terms with their beliefs and obligations relative to end-of-life issues.

In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:

1. Analyze bioethical issues faced by various healthcare professionals for their impact on decision making

For this short paper, you will analyze the Terri Schiavo case through the lens of the bioethical issue(s) related to the case. You will analyze the case to address what the bioethical issue is and what role end-of-life issues, such as self-determination and advanced directives, played in the case. Using your analysis, you will determine how this bioethical issue impacted the decisions made by the healthcare professionals involved in the case.

Your short paper must address the following CRITICAL ELEMENTS:

I. INTRODUCTION: Describe the provided case, including information on the stakeholders involved, the bioethical issue, and the time period of the incident that occurred.

II. BIOETHICAL ANALYSIS : Analyze the bioethical issue for the role end-of-life issues played in the case. Be sure to use appropriate terminology and support with secondary research.

III. CONCLUSION: Describe how the bioethical issue influenced the decisions of healthcare professionals involved in the case. Be sure to use specific examples.


Required Resources:

Textbook: Medical Law and Ethics, Chapter 14
Consider the following questions:

1. What are some of the main problems in the current healthcare system?
2. What are some new advancements and improvement in healthcare?
3. What are the laws and programs to be aware of?

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Read this Shapiro Library article about bioethical issues related to the use of AI solutions in healthcare protocols.

Review this Shapiro Library article to explore the relationship between scientific integrity, the morality of science, and bioethics.

Additional Support (Optional):

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Required Resources:

Textbook: Medical Law and Ethics, Chapter 11, Chapter 13: “Terri Schiavo, The Face That Moved a Nation” case on page 314, and Appendix A
Chapter 11 guiding questions:

1. What are the main bioethical issues that modern physicians and healthcare professionals face today?
2. What are some ethical decision-making models that can be used to support ethical dilemmas?

Chapter 13 Terri Schiavo case:

Appendix A guiding questions:

1. What is the Hippocratic Oath?
2. What is the Code of Ethics for Nurses?
3. What is the code of ethics for medical assistants (from the AAMA)?

Video: (13:06)

A transcript of this video is available: Terri Schiavo Documentary Transcript PDF opens in new window (

This video provides insight into how the Terri Schiavo case became a political battle over end-of-life issues.

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Additional Support (Optional);

Video: (4:34)

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A captioned version of the video is available: Video:

What to Submit:
Your bioethical short paper should be a 1- to 2-page Microsoft Word document formatted with 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins. All citations and references should be formatted according to the most recent APA guidelines.





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