patient autonomy

We will use case analysis to extend our examination of patient autonomy with one of the earliest cases surrounding patient rights and patient autonomy. Although the case of Terri Schiavo have tested the balance of decision making when patients may no longer speak for themselves.


Before writing your case analysis, make sure you have gone through the readings associated with the Schiavo Case Analysis. The articles listed below are provided to assist you with completing the assignment.  While you are welcome to use other sources as well, it is not necessary.

After reviewing the case study articles, respond to the following questions in a short essay no more than 700 – 800 words.

  1. Provide a brief introduction of the Terri Schiavo case.
  2. Identify at least two ethical issues that relate to this dilemma.
  3. Identify the at least five stakeholders and briefly describe the situation from their perspective.
  4. Analyze the dilemma from the perspective of the healthcare professional, applying one of the frameworks that are discussed in the module or one that you may use in your professional work. Be sure to address each element.
  5. Identify a more recent case involving patient decision making when they are no longer able.  After providing a brief introduction to the case, identify some of the similarities and differences. In what ways has Schiavo’s case impacted this case?  Explain what types of policies, procedures, standards have been put in place to assist in preventing such a dilemma.
  6. Briefly discuss what you have learned from your exploration of the Terri Schiavo case. Has the case influenced your view of advanced directives?  Presuming you have not already, are you now considering completing your own advance directives? Why or Why Not?

Your case analysis will be between 700 – 800 words. It will include the following:

  • A title page with the title of the case, your name, and date
  • Double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font
  • APA formatted inline citations as appropriate
  • A bibliography of references used