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Questions éthiques soulevées par la prise en charge médicale des adultes en situation de handicap

Other titleEthical questions regarding the medical care of adults with disabilities
Published inRevue médicale suisse, vol. 16, no. 708, p. 1709-1713
Publication date2020-09-30
First online date2020-09-30

Medical care of adults with disabilities, especially those with intellectual disabilities, can be ethically difficult. Several questions arise frequently. Can we administer a life-saving treatment that could impact negatively the patient’s quality of life when the patient isn’t able to give consent? During this Covid-19 period, can the use of chemical or physical restraints be considered as mistreatment, whereas the aim is to protect others? These are situations where the ethical question holds a central role. Although each clinical situation is unique, this article highlights, through four clinical cases, the ethical principles that should guide physicians in their decision-making process.

  • Adult
  • COVID-19
  • Clinical Decision-Making / ethics
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Coronavirus Infections / psychology
  • Coronavirus Infections / therapy
  • Disabled Persons
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent / ethics
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / psychology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / therapy
  • Quality of Life
  • Restraint, Physical / ethics
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DUGERDIL, Adeline et al. Questions éthiques soulevées par la prise en charge médicale des adultes en situation de handicap. In: Revue médicale suisse, 2020, vol. 16, n° 708, p. 1709–1713. doi: 10.53738/REVMED.2020.16.708.1790
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ISSN of the journal1660-9379

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