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08/13/2018

Clinical Ethics on Film – A Guide for Medical Educators

Those teaching bioethics often use film to illustrate and frame issues for discussion. Sara Rosenthal has a new guideClinical Ethics on Film - A Guide for Medical Educators.

End of Life on Film

If I Were Restricted to One Film: Wit (2001)

It’s Really About Quinlan and Cruzan: Whose Life Is It, Anyway? (1981)

Closure and Family Systems: My Life (1993)

“Bye, Bye Life”: All That Jazz (1979)

Films About Competency and Decision-Making Capacity

One Eye and an Alphabet: Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

Competency and Psychiatry Ethics: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Dementia and Capacity: Still Alice (2014)

Films About Beneficence

“Am I a Good Man, or a Bad Man”? The Elephant Man (1980)

Pediatric Ethics and the Limits of Parental Authority: Lorenzo’s Oil (1992)

Weighing Clinical Goods Over Clinical Harms: Awakenings (1990)

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08/12/2018

Large Majority of Clinicians Report Providing Futile or Potentially Inappropriate Interventions

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine have published "Association of Perceived Futile or Potentially Inappropriate Care With Burnout and Thoughts of Quitting Among Health-Care Providers" in the American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine.&nbs...

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08/11/2018

Why Oncologists Should Decline to Participate in the Right to Try Act

I just published my 8th Law and Ethics in Oncology column in the ASCO Post: "Why Oncologists Should Decline to Participate in the Right to Try Act." 

On May 30, 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017. This law creates an additional and alternative pathway for patients with a “life-threatening disease or condition” to access investigational medicines outside the clinical trial system. Since there are more than 1,100 cancer medicines currently under investigation, this law will materially impact oncology patients and clinicians. Specifically, because of the sense of hope and expectation that the new law has created, increasing numbers of patients with cancer will be asking their oncologists questions about the Right to Try Act.

Here, we offer guidance on how oncologists should respond to these questions and outline strong concerns regarding the right-to-try program. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) long-standing expanded access program to investigational drugs—also referred to as compassionate use—already provides a way for patients to access unapproved medicines outside a clinical trial, offering all the same benefits as the right-to-try law with fewer risks. Because the extra risks posed by the Right to Try Act are not offset by any countervailing benefit, it would be unethical for oncologists to use it to gain access to an experimental drug for their patients.

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08/10/2018

7th Advance Care Planning International Conference

The 7th Advance Care Planning International Conference will be in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from March 14 to 16, 2019.

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08/10/2018

7th Advance Care Planning International Conference

The 7th Advance Care Planning International Conference will be in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from March 14 to 16, 2019.

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08/09/2018

Practice Guideline Update Recommendations Summary: Disorders of Consciousness

Jurisprudence over the past few decades has attached significant legal consequences to whether patients are in a chronic vegetative state or a minimally conscious state. But the confidence of such diagnoses has been questioned.  Patients are&nbsp...

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08/09/2018

Practice Guideline Update Recommendations Summary: Disorders of Consciousness

Jurisprudence over the past few decades has attached significant legal consequences to whether patients are in a chronic vegetative state or a minimally conscious state. But the confidence of such diagnoses has been questioned.  Patients are&nbsp...

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08/09/2018

Robot Cat Companions

Robot cats are here. Joy for All Companion Pet Cats are designed to stimulate and foster meaningful connections for older adults.

The manufacturer explains: 

  • “Loneliness, social isolation, and cognitive decline are reaching epidemic levels for older adults. We are inspired every day knowing that our companion pets are having a positive impact." 
  • "It never gets old hearing caregivers and family members recount the stories of seeing loved ones light up for the first time in years when they interact with our pets."

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08/09/2018

Robot Cat Companions

Robot cats are here. Joy for All Companion Pet Cats are designed to stimulate and foster meaningful connections for older adults.

The manufacturer explains: 

  • “Loneliness, social isolation, and cognitive decline are reaching epidemic levels for older adults. We are inspired every day knowing that our companion pets are having a positive impact." 
  • "It never gets old hearing caregivers and family members recount the stories of seeing loved ones light up for the first time in years when they interact with our pets."

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08/08/2018

Clinical Ethics Boot Camp – Minnesota

Come to Clinical Ethics Boot Camp in Minneapolis, on Friday  September 21 and Saturday, September 22, 2018. This is a 2 day training to develop and improve knowledge, abilities, and skills in clinical ethics consultation. This training is desig...

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