A Bioethics Primer for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Working With Older Adults Speech-language pathologists and audiologists practicing in geriatric settings often encounter ethical dilemmas associated with clinical care. This article defines and discusses the four principles of bioethics: autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, and justice. Using a case study, the bioethical framework is applied to demonstrate the overlap between the principles and the complexity ... Article
Article  |   January 01, 2015
A Bioethics Primer for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Working With Older Adults
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  • Janet Simon Schreck
    Loyola Clinical Centers, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD
  • Disclosure: Financial: Janet Simon Schreck is employed by Loyola University.
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  • Nonfinancial: Janet Simon Schreck is the Coordinator for Special Interest Group 15.
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Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Professional Issues & Training / Articles
Article   |   January 01, 2015
A Bioethics Primer for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Working With Older Adults
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, January 2015, Vol. 20, 4-11. doi:10.1044/gero20.1.4
History: Received October 30, 2014 , Revised December 8, 2014 , Accepted December 9, 2014
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, January 2015, Vol. 20, 4-11. doi:10.1044/gero20.1.4
History: Received October 30, 2014; Revised December 8, 2014; Accepted December 9, 2014

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists practicing in geriatric settings often encounter ethical dilemmas associated with clinical care. This article defines and discusses the four principles of bioethics: autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, and justice. Using a case study, the bioethical framework is applied to demonstrate the overlap between the principles and the complexity of ethical decision-making by the geriatric clinician.

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