Medical Ethics

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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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

AMA <i>Code of Medical Ethics</i>: Guidelines for End-of-Life Care

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Trump's Testing Increases Interest in Montreal Cognitive Assessment

Trump's Testing Increases Interest in Montreal Cognitive Assessment

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The president's cognitive fitness has always been a hot-button topic among both the general public and the medical community.

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?

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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

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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

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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"?

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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

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

Ethical Navigation of Patient Refusal of Treatment for Religious Reasons

Ethical Navigation of Patient Refusal of Treatment for Religious Reasons

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While physicians must respect patient autonomy, they have a professional commitment to provide medical intervention when possible.

Guidelines for Health Initiative-Faith-Based Organization Partnerships

Guidelines for Health Initiative-Faith-Based Organization Partnerships

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Often central to communities, faith-based organizations serve as local touchstones for health initiatives and outreach programs.

Ethical Guidelines for Living Donor Transplantation

Ethical Guidelines for Living Donor Transplantation

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The Belmont Report provides an appropriate framework for living donor organ transplantation.

The Halford Case Controversy: Are Institutional Review Board Regulations Too Strict?

The Halford Case Controversy: Are Institutional Review Board Regulations Too Strict?

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William Halford, PhD, reportedly administered a live attenuated herpes simplex virus vaccine to 17 participants at an off-campus hotel without approval from an institutional review board.

Should Possible Cosmetic Outcomes Influence Strategies in Burn Treatment?

Should Possible Cosmetic Outcomes Influence Strategies in Burn Treatment?

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What is the most ethically sound treatment when a patient is sedated and does not have a healthcare power of attorney?

Mental Health Organizations Urge Administration to Stop Separating Parents and Children at US Border

Mental Health Organizations Urge Administration to Stop Separating Parents and Children at US Border

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Citing the high degree of stress and possible lifelong trauma children can experience as the result of a forced separation, the mental health organizations noted that the policy could result in an increased risk for many mental illnesses.

Hep B Core Antibody-Positive Organs May Provide Solutions to the Organ Donor Crisis

Hep B Core Antibody-Positive Organs May Provide Solutions to the Organ Donor Crisis

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Hepatitis B core Antibody (anti-HB c+) organs may be a safe and ethical transplant option in an era where increased medical knowledge has enabled greater treatment for hepatitis.

The Value of Social Network Data for Surrogate Decision Making

The Value of Social Network Data for Surrogate Decision Making

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Surrogate decision making for patients without decision-making capabilities or advance directives can be a challenging task to take on.

In the Wake of Charlie Gard, Who Decides the Best Interests of Critically Ill Children?

In the Wake of Charlie Gard, Who Decides the Best Interests of Critically Ill Children?

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The use of specialist services may allow more equitable solutions to treatment questions in critically ill children as they are less formal and adversarial than the courts.

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