|ETHICAL ISSUES AND LEGAL ISSUES IN PROVIDING CARE TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: A CASE STUDY
Using a case study, the audience will have an opportunity to share their experiences and work together to identify additional solutions to meet ethical and legal obligations of oral healthcare providers in providing care to persons with disabilities.
After attending this program, participants should be able to:
1. Describe the science of care delivery to persons with disabilities.
2. List possible myths still perpetuated about the health & safety of oral health care providers.
3. Describe legal implications in care refusal to persons with disabilities.
4. Identify strategies to reverse the myths.
A Case Study:
John Smith is a patient of record at Dr. Brown's office as is his brother. On his most recent visit, as he updated his medical history, he checked yes for HIV. When the history was reviewed he was told they would not treat him any longer due to his HIV status. When his brother, David, called for an appointment he was denied one based upon his brother's HIV status. The office considered HIV infection to be a threat to the health and safety of staff and patients and that it was within their right to deny care. As you discuss this situation, please consider the following:
1. Is HIV a threat to staff and patient health and safety?
2. Was it within legal and ethical guidelines to deny care to John?
3. Was it illegal to deny care to David?
4. What would you do?