Episode 107 - Dr. Allan Barsky: Ethical Issues in End-of-Life Decision Making

Monday, November 12, 2012, 8:06:53 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Allan Barsky focuses on ethical issues in end-of-life decision making. In order to assist clients and families with end-of-life choices, Dr. Barsky argues that social workers need to be aware of ethical issues that may arise in relation to self-determination, informed consent, mental capacity, and principles such as the sanctity of life, client autonomy, and judicious management of resources. He discusses a model for engaging clients, family members, and co-professionals in discussions and problem-solving processes when conflict about end-of-life decision making arises.

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Average Rating: 5stars  excellent for professionals who work with seniors and end of life issues, Tuesday, January 28, 2020

By Corrine M :

Dr. Barsky has a combination of degrees (MSW, JD, PhD) that give him both a broad and deep understanding and viewpoint on the End-of-Life issue as it deals with patients and families. He has developed a six-step framework for evaluating difficult situations and conflict. The steps are: 1) Identify an end-of-life ethical issues exists, 2) Determine who are the best people to whom to work 3) Engage in critical thinking about the issue(s) to determine the best approach 4) Engage others in the process of managing the conflict around ethical issues to identify the best decision 5) Turn the decision into a plan of action and 6) once plan is implemented, evaluate and conduct follow-up to determine if the plan met the needs. He goes through one particular case, at length illustrating the framework.

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Average Rating: 5stars  great information for social workers about end-of-life decisions, Sunday, February 11, 2018

By Alexandra Barton :

This podcast describing the ethical considerations for social workers when helping with end-of-life decisions created a much more comprehensible idea of the process and implications involved. After listening, I felt (as a social work student) that I better understood what steps can be taken when faced with these end-of-life dilemmas. I enjoyed Dr. Allan Barsky's incorporation of all the factors that may be involved in such situations, such as agency policy, laws, NASW ethical codes, and the social worker's own personal beliefs. The example provided by Dr. Barsky was helpful to illustrate such a scenario in which a decision on end-of-life matters is not clear. Overall, this podcast was very helpful, especially for someone who works with older adults who may be facing these decisions.

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Average Rating: 5stars  one of my favorites, Wednesday, May 18, 2016

By Caroline :

Fabulous interview. Amazing opportunity to think about these issues prior to practice and also loved mention of delineation and need to delineate between one's personal, professional, ethical, spiritual with the intent to properly serve client. Thanks so much for offering this great interview!

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