Exploring the dilemma of ethical issues using the lens of Seedhouse can help oncology nurses to gain a different perspective on caring for older adults with cancer

Bridget Johnston*, Elaine Stevens

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Abstract

Objective: To explore ethical issues associated with older adults with cancer and the people who matter to them. Data Sources: A scoping review of the literature was conducted to inform the article using CINAHL, Medline, and Google Scholar databases using broad terms, older adults, geriatrics, cancer, and ethics. Conclusion: Older adults with cancer experience ageism, which stems from a range of uncertainties on best practice in care and treatment. By employing an ethical lens, decision-making by oncology nurses can be aided by creating and promoting autonomy through impeccable communication. Best interests for individual older adults with cancer can also be served by oncology nurses working in a way that serves needs first and acts in the best interests of the person and their family. Implications for Nursing Practice: The article is of relevance to practicing oncology globally nurses because the framework can be easily used in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number151231
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in Oncology Nursing
Volume37
Issue number6
Early online date6 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2021

Keywords

  • ageism
  • older adults
  • ethics
  • cancer
  • ethical grid
  • moral philosophy

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