John has a co-occurring diagnosis of compulsive gambling and bipolar I disorder
Re: Topic 6 DQ 2: During your practicum, John Smith has been assigned to your caseload. John has a co-occurring diagnosis of compulsive gambling and bipolar I disorder. You have never worked with a client with this diagnosis. What must you do, ethically, to ensure that you provide John with the appropriate treatment?
Good afternoon, Professor Krupp, and class,
Clients are uniquely different, as they suffer from different health complications that need to be handled in totally different ways. John is suffering from a unique disease that I have never handled before; this requires ethical measures to ensure that he is provided with the appropriate treatment. What I must do ethically in order to provide John with appropriate care is to inquire about how such clients are handled, since I have never handled any before. I will make the inquiry from experts within the same facility where I am working. Making inquiries is a very important ethical move, as it will be very dangerous to start using unorthodox treatment methods that might even worsen the condition of the client (Fulford, Dickenson, & Murray, 2015). In a situation where there is no other expert who has dealt with such a case, I will refer John to another physician who is familiar with such a condition. I will recommend John to see or get medical services from another specialist before his situation can get worse. This is very ethical, as it will ensure that John gets appropriate treatment in time.
Fulford, K. W. M., Dickenson, D. L., & Murray, T. H. (2015). Healthcare ethics and human values: an introductory text with readings and case studies.
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