Ethical Issues in Long-Term Care

  • Michele J. Karel


Psychologists practicing in long-term care settings (LTC) must be aware of common ethical concerns that arise in this care environment. The Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (American Psychological Association, 2002) defines aspirational ethical principles and specific ethical standards to guide all psychological practice, teaching, and research activities.

The general ethical principles are beneficence and nonmalfeasance, fidelity and responsibility, integrity, justice, and respect for people's rights and dignity. These general principles, with which all psychologists should be familiar, are certainly pertinent to psychological practice in LTC. However, psychologists practicing in long-term care will also want to be familiar with the nuances of ethical dilemmas in this setting.

The Standards for Psychological Services in Long-Term Care Facilities (referred to from here on as the Standards; Lichtenberg et al., 1998) highlight and make recommendations...


Mental Health Service Ethical Dilemma Advance Directive Advance Care Planning Psychological Service 
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