I want to do a 15 page term paper on IBD... Please Help

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   Posted 2/23/2010 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
The class is Christian Medical Ethics...

Can you guys think of any ethical issues involving Crohns/Colitis?

I meet with my teacher tommorow, and I know he won't let me do it if I can't think of a good ethical issue....

So far all I have is "Should IBD patients be granted disabilty?" I don't think that is good enough though

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   Posted 2/23/2010 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Maybe you could look into the way they clean the instruments for the colonoscopy, that can't be ethical! I think your topic is a great one though, something many people struggle with. Good luck!

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   Posted 2/23/2010 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
We see the #1 ethical issue every day on this site. Someone posts saying they can't get adequate treatment becuase they don't have insurance, or their insurance won't cover it, or is about to run out, etc. etc.
I've heard more than once that they aren't treated properly becuase of insurance issues and end up with emergency surgery.

33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

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   Posted 2/23/2010 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Self-Management Preparation for Chronic Disease

Politics and ethics of chronic disease remediation
45 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March last year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Salofalk 2000 mg, Nexium, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.

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   Posted 2/23/2010 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't really know too much about Christian medical ethics-just had to look it up quickly and I may be completely off track here and these do not specifically relate to Crohns but

Doctors should be a patient advocate-Do they always act in our best interests? an example- you quite often hear of medical company reps giving an incentive to a Dr for prescribing drugs from their company.
Proper Access to healthcare for all-providing you have the right insurance maybe.
To treat with drugs that can have numerous side effects themselves-so ok most side effects are relatively minor in relation to the illness but does that make it right to use them(and for drugs companies to charge extortionate amounts and profit from these drugs)

Or, ok, how about this-just done a search online and apparently two people that committed suicide in the Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland 'only' had Crohn's diease (as in they didn't have a terminal type illness) Was it unreasonable for them to commit suicide when they had a condition that was not curable but it was treatable?? That maybe a good one!!

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   Posted 2/23/2010 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
What about the toilet access controversy? Should businesses be required to provide toilet access to the general public, esp if those people are sick?
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   Posted 2/23/2010 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Ivy... That was my first thought
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   Posted 2/23/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I also thought of the toilet issue, sometimes they are not accessible or in easy reach, I know there are some areas of town where I live that if I'm having a bad day I wouldn't go near as there are no toilets around at all! And also some of the hygiene issues in some of the toilets are terrible, but when you have to go, you have to go and that includes disabled toilets!
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   Posted 2/23/2010 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I would really like do something regarding kids.... I feel like people often overlook the psychological portion of this illness

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   Posted 2/23/2010 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I think the insurance issue is a good one. I live in Canada so thank God I don't have to see or think about bills or papers when I go to the docs or hospital.

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   Posted 2/23/2010 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   

My gut feeling is that if you are struggling to think of a topic related to IBD, let alone a topic you feel passionate about, then perhaps it would be better to think of a new illness / issue and write around that, and save IBD for another essay.

You're going to find it hard & boring to fill fifteen pages if you're not writing about a subject with a lot of "meat" and issues.

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