Dr. David Perlman has just published a new bioethics thriller on the Kindle platform. At the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Dr. Perlman teaches clinical ethics. At the University of the Sciences, Dr. Perlman teaches public health ethics, law, and policy in the Department of Health Policy and Public Health and business ethics in the Department of Pharmaceutical Business. The novel examines issues of research and technology from these two academic perspectives in the fast-paced, innovative format of a medical thriller. The innovative part is that the reader gets to make the ethical choices throughout the novel, so there are multiple alternative endings to the book.…
Author Archive: The American Journal of Bioethics
This month’s issue includes a target article on whether or not to disclose research results from whole-exome sequencing to relatives of a family member who has died. Such topics as genetic privacy, a duty to warn, policies in place to regulate such disclosure, clinical significance and boundaries come to the fore in light of this discussion.
Our second target article tackles surrogate decision making in the internet age. Such concepts as social media and identity, the function of social media in decision-making, potential hazards and the online availability of one’s preferences are considered.
What is the appropriate role for a clinical ethicist, impartial consultant or patient advocate? This question is raised by a newly published Target Article and is hotly debated in commentaries that appear in the August issue of The American Journal of Bioethics.
In addition, this issue also discusses physician responsibility in cases where medical technologies or interventions may result in persons with a different identity than they might have had otherwise. This so-called “non-identity problem” is debated by disability scholars, sociologists, philosopher and others in the August issue.
Take a look around bioethics.net and see what else this month’s issue holds in store for you.…
We are pleased to share with you a guest blog post from Roger Barrow, MD. Dr. Barrow is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and practices at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, CA.
“Bedside Rationing” of Clinic Time
Fairness to each patient in an overly busy Family Medicine clinic is difficult to achieve. I practice in a county facility in the “safety net” treating the indigent as well as increasing numbers of people “disenfranchised” from their former insurance coverage after losing their job. All are in need of health care and most have no other options. The system is chronically underfunded, therefore our county’s human and other resources have not kept pace with the increasing number of patients needing our services.…
If you want to know how easy and intuitive it is to understand the individual mandate, watch this video with Peter Ubel and his son, Taylor Greeno, who discuss why healthcare reform is good for everyone. Simply put, as Taylor says, “Insurance companies should charge everyone the same amount…” and we can do that, as Peter says, by having everyone required to get insurance. Simple enough.
Watch the video here. It’s great.
The 2011 Reuters/ISI/Thomson Journal Citation Index has been released, and we are proud to announce that The American Journal of Bioethics continues its record of being the most cited journal in all categories in which it is ranked with an impact factor score of 4.083. Its impact factor is higher than such journals as American Journal of Public Health, Harvard Law Review, and Academic Medicine. In addition, AJOB has a higher impact factor than any journal in nursing, anthropology, and political science, just to name a few.
In addition to its high impact factor, AJOB continues to lead the field in immediacy index (6th highest of any journal in any field), five-year impact factor, and Article Influence Score.…