Deconstructing the Rescue Fantasy: Moving Away from Medicalized Dying Gives Patients Dignity in DeathSeptember 07, 2018
Addressing the physician "rescue fantasy" can lead to improved patient care, especially at the end of life.
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 CasesSeptember 04, 2018
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.
In the last 5 years, many clinicians have faced tough questions about how best to serve transgender youth while doing no harm.
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.
The principles of "trolleyology" can be used to understand hesitancy among certain individuals to vaccinate against the Dengue virus.
Compassion and communication for both patients and families are among the most important factors involved in providing end-of-life care.
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.
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 RoomAugust 27, 2018
Medical teams that are willing to engage with and be informed by patients' religious worldviews are able to more effectively make clinical decisions.
Although regarded as a miracle drug to some, nusinersen comes with some troublesome strings attached.
Medical comic books may be an acceptable form of patient education material, but clinicians should assess and honor patient preferences before providing these materials.
When teaching morally or spiritually complex issues during medical training, physicians should create a supportive environment with respectful discourse.
How should a clinician act on personal values when those values clash with their employers?
The president's cognitive fitness has always been a hot-button topic among both the general public and the medical community.
The case of the Golden State Killer has set a new precedent for using public genealogy databases to solve previously unsolvable crimes.
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 ConcernedAugust 08, 2018
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.
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"?August 08, 2018
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.
Technical product specialists and other representatives of medical devices are typically available in-house to provide guidance to health professionals
While physicians must respect patient autonomy, they have a professional commitment to provide medical intervention when possible.
Often central to communities, faith-based organizations serve as local touchstones for health initiatives and outreach programs.
The Belmont Report provides an appropriate framework for living donor organ transplantation.
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.
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 BorderJuly 25, 2018
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.
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.
Surrogate decision making for patients without decision-making capabilities or advance directives can be a challenging task to take on.
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.