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This series consists of 4 dvd programs which explore the quality crisis and the innovative solutions being undertaken by providers, patients and their families to transform the care provided by the institutions we all depend on.
For more information about the episodes go to Remaking American Medicine
Should genetic testing decide who is to be born? This program profiles parents who have had children with Down syndrome and Cystic Fibrosis and who have come to different conclusions about how they would handle another pregnancy. Also included is a young woman who knows that she carries the gene for Huntington's disease, but does not plan to have prenatal genetic testing before having children. Several ethicists and genetic scientists comment on the choices these families are making.
This tape looks at the social, ethical and emotional consequences of genetic testing for individuals and families. It follows the stories of several individuals and families who confront questions about genetic testing. Seven case studies present various dilemmas such as parents weighing the results of prenatal tests; when one genetic marker implicates more than one disease; weighing scientific objectives & business interests.
A blind severely maimed burn patient talks of his wish to die. Graphic footage of the patient's burns is shown.
This program is an ABC 20/20 news production. It takes a look at the amazing story of Dax Cowart, a burn patient. Once a pilot with a promising future, a disastrous explosion nearly killed him and left him blind and maimed.
Dax is a badly burned patient who wants the right to die. This program provides an interactive environment in which to explore the Dax Cowart case and the ethical issues it raises.
Join Mike Wallace for a penetrating look at right to die issue. Examine the landmark case of Karen Ann Quinlan, whose parents fought to remove her from life support after she lapsed into a coma induced by alcohol and tranquilizers. In interviews, ethicist Daniel Callahan of the Hastings Center of New York and Susan Mascitelli, head of patient advocacy for the New York Hospital, explore the ethical dilemmas raised when questioning who decides when and how life ends. And see how the media's coverage of the issue and portrayal of figures like Jack Kervorkian has affected a highly-charged debate.
Takes an intimate look at 3 patients--an eight-year-old boy with an incurable brain disease, a 46 year old woman with lung cancer, and a 62 year old man with an inoperable brain tumor. Shows how hospice care helps them cope with fear and pain in the final stages of their lives and prepares loved ones for their imminent loss.
The promise that mentally ill people who werre "deinstitutionalized" would be helped to reintegrate into society has turned out to be an empty one. In many U.S. cities, people with psychiatric disorders now make up a majority of the homeless population. This documentary follows a Los Angeles physician as he tends to street clients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other major mental illnesses.
Frontline examines what happens to the mentally ill when they leave prison and why they return at alarming rates. The intimate stories of The Released along with interviews with parole officers, social workers and psychiatrists provide a rare look at the lives of the mentally ill as they struggle to stay out of prison and reintegrate into society.
Tells the story of an 81-year-old German man named Ernst Aschmoneit, who is dying of Parkinson's disease. He travels to Switzerland where assisted suicide is legal and working with the medical establishment commits suicide. The video discusses the ethical implications.
This program addresses the complex issues surrounding end-of-life care for children. Psychologist and filmmaker Leora Kuttner, PhD, profiles five children with life threatening illnesses, and the families and health professionals who support them. The film shows that, despite popular belief, children can talk about end-of-life issues if given proper support and that doing so can help both them and their families cope with the realities of their situation.
The film focuses on the emotional and psychological aspects of pediatric palliative care. It features physicians, nurses, therapist and others working with families whose children range from newborns to teenagers. Their care takes place in the hospital, in hospice programs and at home.
This dvd examines the crisis of elder abuse through four ethnically diverse cases of abuse. Salud, a Hispanic mother, has lived for years in fear of the ghreats of her addicted, mentally ill son; the Rens, immigrants from China, have been forced out of their daughter's home and onto the streets by their son-in-law; Mrs Allen, who is African-American, was physically abused by her husband for almost forty years; and Glen, who is white, was defrauded of his possessions and bank account by a younger friend.
The program also describes how each of them was aided by a network of services.
Depicts an Institutional Review Board in action. Demonstrates how the Board's members apply such criteria as informed consent, reasonableness of risks, privacy and confidentiality, and fair selection of research subjects.
Focuses on the 1978 Belmont Report issued by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. Presents examples of how the 3 fundamental principles - respect for persons, beneficence, and justice - are applied in actual research situations.
Traces the historical events shaping current policy for protection of human subjects of biomedical and behavioral research.
Follows three young women through the process of donating their eggs. Their physical and emotional experiences of egg donation range from positive to rather disturbing. Through their testimony, and through interviews with a clinician, a political artist, and a women's health advocate, the video raises serious ethical questions about informed consent, the use of growth hormones, genetic selection for preferred traits, and the role of money in reproductive medicine.
Presents the agony of a couple who suddenly find themselves the parents of a dying baby and the plight of the neonatal ICU nurse who must provide direct care for the baby until a treatment decision is made. Focuses on the issue of withholding life-saving treatment from seriously ill handicapped newborns.
Presents the story of David Vetter, the boy in the bubble. This program raises some of the most difficult ethical questions of our age. Did doctors, in a rush to save a child, condemn the boy to a life not worth living? Did they, in the end, effectively decide how to kill him?
Portrait of parents faced with the decision of whether or not to do a liver transplant for their infant. Both the doctor's and the parents' viewpoints are presented.The case went to court in Alberta and the family was permitted to take the infant home to die. This video discusses the pros and cons of liver transplant and discusses who should decide on medical intervention for infants.
This tape focuses on the key roles of nursing staff in patient care and communication. It profiles six severly ill patients who agreed to be a part of he Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's study of end-of-life care and decision making. Their stories raise key issues faced by patients and those who care for them, including the role of technology, deciding when to use or withdraw life-sustaining treatments, effective pain management, & the impact of patients' culture.
Caring at the End of Life looks at key issues faced by patients and those who care for them, including when to use or withdraw life-sustaining treatment, effective pain management, and the impact of culture and religion on care decisions. Stanley combines sequences from the longer film to focus on the case of a comatose patient whose family and heealthcare team are in conflict over how long to continue the treatments that are keeping him alive. In Discussing Advance Directives, two nurses and a physician discuss difficulties they encounter in working with other staff and patients on advance directives.
Frontline program which tells the story of an American family, the Cruzans, the tragedy of their daughter Nancy's near-fatal automobile accident and their three and a half year legal battle which became the first right-to-die case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Despite advances in treatment, tens of thousands of people are still dying of AIDS in the U.S. And thousands more will die because of the ignorance and denial which have resulted in a return of many in the gay community to unprotected sex, with a resulting "third wave" of HIV infections. The experts in this film stress that "our hospice beds are still full--somebody's got to speak up and say this is not over."
Advances in neonatal medicine have dramatically improved the survival chances of premature infants, yet survival can come at a high cost. Many such infants experience severe and often life-threatening health problems, and their parents and caregivers may confront difficult and troubling decisions. This documentary follows one couple and their premature twin sons over the course of six months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It allows viewers to experience and share in the dilemmas faced by the parents, nurses, physicians, social workers and a hospital chaplain.
Discusses the nurses role in end of life care. Two case studies are presented: the death of a child and the death of an elderly parent. Four criteria for evaluating the family's wishes are given. Some topics discussed are pain management, conflict resolution, communicating the patient's desires, and a definition of end of life. The tape ends with a brief dialogue between nurses on ethical issues.
Through the story of one young visiting nurse and her elderly patient, this documentary will help to stimulate discussion about a wide range of ethical and professional dilemmas faced by nurses working in home care and community settings. Gerardo is a charming and independent gentleman, who lives with his dog in public housing. He drives a car and holds down a night-shift job as a security guard. Yet his increasing dementia makes his independence a potential threat not only to himself but also to others around him.
Allison, his visiting nurse, knows that her care for him is helping him to maintain his autonomy, but is that what she should be doing? At what point should she or her agency take steps to raise questions about his competence? What are the boundaries of her professional role as a nurse? What are her responsibilities to her patient, to the patient's family, to her employer, to the public? In thinking about these issues, she involves Gerardo's physician and a consulting neuropsychologist, as well as her supervisors and the VNA's Ethics Committee.
This documentary examines what life is like for children who were born premature and leave the neonatal intensive care with multiple medical problems and developmental challenges. What is life like for their families? This film follows one such family. Their four children (three natural, one adopted) are all graduates of the NICU, and they represent a range of outcomes, from unimpaired survival to serious physical and learning deficits. In Our Midst provides a glimpse into the little explored impact of modern medical technology.
This anthology of NewsHour segments confronts ethical dilemmas and complex issues in medicine. Through in-depth reporting and intervieews with doctors, nurses, patients, and other experts, the anthology examines case studies, scientific breakthroughs, and connections between corporate and public policy.
3 DVDs, 54 minutes, 55 minutes, and 70 minutes.
Dateline program which presents three hospital cases which involve ethical decisions by family members and hospital personnel. The three cases involve a homeless woman in a coma; an 8 year old who needs a liver donor and a 24 week premature baby.
Explores a variety of life and death situations to illustrate ethical decisions made on a daily basis in nursing and medicine. Hosted by ABC News lmedical correspondent George Strait, this program takes an in-depth look at the decisions that underlie the use of health care dollars. 5 stories that portray choices concerning prolonged life support are told and then followed by a discussion of experts.
Dax Cowart, a burn patient, lectures on the patients' right to choose care and on the importance of pain management. Lecture given at the University of Texas at Austin.