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Deconstructing the Rescue Fantasy: Moving Away from Medicalized Dying Gives Patients Dignity in Death

Deconstructing the Rescue Fantasy: Moving Away from Medicalized Dying Gives Patients Dignity in Death

Addressing the physician "rescue fantasy" can lead to improved patient care, especially at the end of life.

Weighing the Risks: Is Fetal Intervention Ethical When Postnatal Outcome Is Uncertain?

Weighing the Risks: Is Fetal Intervention Ethical When Postnatal Outcome Is Uncertain?

Choosing an appropriate treatment strategy is a difficult endeavor when no existing prediction criteria are available and postnatal outcomes are unclear.

Variations in Approach Among Treating Physicians Within the Same Practice May Affect Care in End-of-Life Cases

Variations in Approach Among Treating Physicians Within the Same Practice May Affect Care in End-of-Life Cases

A shared-decision making model should be used to guide physicians who assume care for critically ill patients who already have care plans in place.

"Is It Just a Phase?" What to Do When Transgender Youths Ask to Transition

"Is It Just a Phase?" What to Do When Transgender Youths Ask to Transition

In the last 5 years, many clinicians have faced tough questions about how best to serve transgender youth while doing no harm.

How to Ensure Effective Communication During End-of-Life Care Discussions

How to Ensure Effective Communication During End-of-Life Care Discussions

Open, clear, and professional team-based communication can help facilitate the challenging conversations that must take place when preparing a patient for end-of-life care.

Dengue Vaccine Presents Solutions and Backlash in Dengue-Endemic Regions

Dengue Vaccine Presents Solutions and Backlash in Dengue-Endemic Regions

The principles of "trolleyology" can be used to understand hesitancy among certain individuals to vaccinate against the Dengue virus.

AMA Code of Medical Ethics: Guidelines for End-of-Life Care

AMA Code of Medical Ethics: Guidelines for End-of-Life Care

Compassion and communication for both patients and families are among the most important factors involved in providing end-of-life care.

Challenges in Assessing Terminally Ill Patients' Decision-Making Capacity for Assisted Suicide

Challenges in Assessing Terminally Ill Patients' Decision-Making Capacity for Assisted Suicide

The criteria used to assess decision-making capacity for assisted suicide includes the patient's ability to comprehend relevant information and ability to understand the disorder and its consequences.

Examining the Ethics of Deceased vs Living Uterus Donors

Examining the Ethics of Deceased vs Living Uterus Donors

The first live birth after a uterus transplant was achieved in Sweden in 2014, followed by 4 more births, all from uteri provided by living donors.

Can Chaplains Guide Clinical Decision Making? An Ethical Assessment of Spirituality in the Exam Room

Can Chaplains Guide Clinical Decision Making? An Ethical Assessment of Spirituality in the Exam Room

Medical teams that are willing to engage with and be informed by patients' religious worldviews are able to more effectively make clinical decisions.

Ethical Challenges of Nusinersen: Considerations When Counseling on Treatment

Ethical Challenges of Nusinersen: Considerations When Counseling on Treatment

Although regarded as a miracle drug to some, nusinersen comes with some troublesome strings attached.

KaPow: Using Medical Comics as a Tool for Patient Education

KaPow: Using Medical Comics as a Tool for Patient Education

Medical comic books may be an acceptable form of patient education material, but clinicians should assess and honor patient preferences before providing these materials.

How to Discuss Morally Charged Topics With Medical Students

How to Discuss Morally Charged Topics With Medical Students

When teaching morally or spiritually complex issues during medical training, physicians should create a supportive environment with respectful discourse.

Conflicting Values, Ethical Questions: When Viewpoints Differ From Your Employer

Conflicting Values, Ethical Questions: When Viewpoints Differ From Your Employer

How should a clinician act on personal values when those values clash with their employers?

Is Using Genealogy Data to Solve Crimes Taking DNA Analysis a Step Too Far?

Is Using Genealogy Data to Solve Crimes Taking DNA Analysis a Step Too Far?

The case of the Golden State Killer has set a new precedent for using public genealogy databases to solve previously unsolvable crimes.

How to Respond to a Patient's Request for Prayer: A Clinician's Dilemma

How to Respond to a Patient's Request for Prayer: A Clinician's Dilemma

While the decision of whether or not to pray with a patient is a personal one, introspection can help physicians offer a carefully considered response that acknowledges and explores the patient's request.

The Ethics of Consumer Genetic Testing for Huntington Disease: Peaked Interest Has Clinicians Concerned

The Ethics of Consumer Genetic Testing for Huntington Disease: Peaked Interest Has Clinicians Concerned

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing would enable consumers to bypass the safeguards set forth by professional guidelines, which could potentially increase the risk for harm associated with testing.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Ethical Questions and Surgical Contraindications

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Ethical Questions and Surgical Contraindications

The potential consequences of providing cosmetic treatment to a patient with BDD can extend beyond ethical concerns.

FDA Approval of Medication With a Digital Monitoring System: Major Breakthrough or "Brave New World"?

FDA Approval of Medication With a Digital Monitoring System: Major Breakthrough or "Brave New World"?

Abilify MyCite adds a digital sensor to the medication aripiprazole. The sensor, an ingestible event marker, is activated by contact with stomach acids and transmits a signal to a skin patch the patient wears, which then transmits to an app.

Addressing Commercial Incentives in the Medical Device Industry

Addressing Commercial Incentives in the Medical Device Industry

Technical product specialists and other representatives of medical devices are typically available in-house to provide guidance to health professionals

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