Resolving ethical problems in long-term care

J Gerontol Nurs. 1996 Jan;22(1):20-6. doi: 10.3928/0098-9134-19960101-05.


1. End of life ethical decision-making is complex and involves many key players, each with their individual roles, responsibilities, and ethical concepts. 2. Each long-term care ethical decision which presents itself involves alternatives and choices. These must be thoughtfully evaluated to reach the best decision possible. 3. Those involved in ethical decision-making are influenced by various ethical theories as well as factors including control, legal issues, failure, coercion, obligation, advocacy, autonomy, respect, and cost. 4. Ethics committees can play a valuable role in assisting patients, families and staff through the decision-making process by providing guidelines based on ethical principles and compatible with facility mission and philosophy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Decision Making*
  • Dissent and Disputes*
  • Ethical Analysis
  • Ethics Committees
  • Ethics Committees, Clinical
  • Ethics, Nursing*
  • Family
  • Group Processes*
  • Humans
  • Long-Term Care*
  • Male
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Resuscitation Orders*
  • Withholding Treatment