This text is intended as a theoretical reflection on the ethical principles that guide us in our daily practice, as the practical aspects are embedded in real lives situations, where hopes, desires, possibility of understanding, willingness to comply are interconnected.
The text aims to reflect on the ethical principles which guide us in the decision making process related to frail elderly people’s swallowing problems.
Ethical dilemmas may arise for all persons – professionals, caregivers, family, friends - who take care of a frail elderly person.
The role of the physician and speech-language pathologist in facilitating ethical decision-making while maintaining good clinical care may differ from the traditional rehabilitation model. It demands consideration of a less usual perspective on dysphagia management.