End-of-Life Issues in the US after Terri Schiavo: Implications for Social Work Practice (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines the Terri Schiavo case and the complexity of end-of-life decision-making and euthanasia.  The course offers an analysis of changing American perceptions of physician-assisted suicide and includes four approaches to policy practice.  Ethical issues of end-of-life, self-determination, advocacy, and patient rights are explored.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  This course does not meet the ethics requirement for National Certified Counselors.

Course Reading:  End-of-Life Issues in the United States after Terri Schiavo:  Implications for Social Work Practice

Author:  Darrel M. Montero

Publisher:  Advances in Social Work

Find the reading at:  https://journals.iupui.edu/index.php/advancesinsocialwork/article/viewFile/1841/1875

Course Objectives:  Describe trends in American attitudes toward PAS.  Describe how support for PAS is affected by demographic factors.  Identify three end-of-life resources for social workers.  Describe Figueira-McDonough’s four approaches to policy practice.

Learning Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to euthanasia and end-of-life decisions in the United States.

Review our pre-reading study guide.

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1: Euthanasia come from the Greek word for
 
 
 
 
2: Withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from a patient with the patient's permission is an example of
 
 
 
 
3: Controversy over euthanasia and end-of-life decisions became particularly heated in the
 
 
 
 
4: The Patient Self-Determination Act (1990) requires _____________ to provide their patients with legal documents (or advance directives) to convey their decisions about end-of-life care.
 
 
 
 
5: Which state became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide under a certain set  of circumstances?
 
 
 
 
6: Those who identify as very religious are ___________ likely to support PAS or to consider it for themselves (Domino, 2003).
 
 
7: In the Terri Schiavo case, Terry Schiavo had
 
 
 
8: The Terry Schiavo case involved
 
 
 
 
 
 
9: In 1947, ______________ Americans supported a patient's right to end his or her life when that person was suffering from a terminal illness.
 
 
 
 
10: In 2007, __________ Americans supported euthanasia.
 
 
 
 
11: From 2003 to 2006, a cross section of the American public was asked 2 different questions.  Which survey question resulted in greater support for euthanasia?
 
 
12: Which demographic factor yields the sharpest division in attitudes on the issue of physician-assisted suicide?
 
 
 
 
 
13: According to Table 2 on page 170, which race is more supportive of doctor-assisted suicide?
 
 
14: According to Table 2 on page 170, which religion is more supportive of doctor-assisted suicide?
 
 
 
15: According to Table 2 on page 170, which political ideology is more supportive of doctor-assisted suicide?
 
 
 
16: Results of a decade long survey between 2001-2011 reveal remarkably _________ American public opinion on the moral acceptability of physician-assisted suicide.
 
 
17: According to Table 4 on page 172, what percentage of Americans disapprove of the Congressional handling of the Terri Schiavo case?
 
 
 
 
18: Which of the following measures attempted to prevent physician-assisted suicide?
 
 
 
19: Care-giving professions such as physicians, nurses, and social workers have the responsibility to
 
 
 
 
20: Which of the following provides resources useful for social workers when working with end-of life decisions and terminal patients?
 
 
 
 
21: Figueira-McDonough articulates four approaches to policy practice.  Legislative efforts attempting to legalize physician assisted suicide would be an example of
 
 
 
 
22: Establishing ongoing dialogue within the community about end-of-life issues would be an example of
 
 
 
 

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Further reading:

NASW Code of Ethics http://www.socialworkers.org/pubs/code/code.asp

NASW Standards for Palliative and End of Life Care https://www.socialworkers.org/practice/bereavement/standards/standards0504New.pdf

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization http://www.nhpco.org/publications-press-room/nhpco-position-statements

Ethics in Medicine University of Washington School of Medicine https://depts.washington.edu/bioethx/topics/eol.html