In this activity the students will read through a variety of biomedical case studies. The students will work in small groups and decide the proper treatment for the patient.
There are 5 case studies in this activity. The first two case studies will be discussed as a full class. There is a teacher answer key for the full class examples. Once, the class has worked through the full class examples, the students will break into small groups and work on the remaining three case studies in their groups.
Example Case 1: Quality of Life
A 76-year old man (Mr. Grouch) with advanced dementia requiring 24-hour nursing care has now stopped eating and has developed a cough. The quality of his life has markedly diminished in the past few years; he has largely been bedridden and incontinent. While not evidently in physical pain, Mr. Grouch is totally confused and often agitated and seems fearful of his surroundings. Should he be artificially fed? (Hébert, 1995, p. 178)
DISCUSS: Break into small groups of 3-4. Decide whether Mr. Grouch should be artificially fed. Once your group has made their decision, explain how you came to the decision you did.
I uploaded this activity as a word document, so feel free to edit it to best suit the needs of your students. I have used this activity with my Grade 10-12 science classes and the conversations have always been very profound! This activity usually takes 3-4 classes.