At its meeting on November 6, 2014, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) began its consideration of the complex ethical landscape of U.S. public health emergency response to the Ebola virus disease (EVD). The Bioethics Commission is currently considering three areas of specific ethical concern: U.S. public policies that restrict […]
by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Last week, the US Senate Intelligence Committee released its long awaited report describing the techniques that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used to interrogate suspected terrorists and other combatants captured during our long running War on Terror. The so-called Torture Report, the product […]
The Medscape Ethics Report 2014 survey finds that most physicians give "futile" life-sustaining interventions.
<p style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">I have never worked in a nursing home. As a kid, I participated in mandatory choir concerts or shortened segments of dance recitals at the local nursing home where we uncomfortably showcased our talents to an audience of mostly immobile, but very appreciative older adults. It smelled strange and I was afraid to eat the sugar cookies and drink the punch, as if they might contain the recipe to becoming so aged you had to live in this place in front of a TV, when not subjected to random performances from local children. My own grandparents did stuff like fishing, swimming, cooking, wood working, and gardening. I expected to be that kind of ‘old.’</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">As a discharge planner, I found myself tasked with placing frail patients into nursing homes. The popular ones (glossy websites and slick pamphlets) were usually full. When I asked about the reputation of others, a colleague shook her head and said, ‘green walls and urine.’ Though I grew accustomed to the task, it seems shameful there have not been more good options for our most senior adults.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><strong style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px; color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation. For more information on AMBI's online graduate programs, please visit our <a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #000099;" href="/Academic/bioethics/index.cfm">website</a>.</strong><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px; color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> </span></p>
The case of Jahi McMath has been back in the news. She was declared brain dead Dec. 12, 2013 after she went into cardiac arrest following a tonsillectomy surgery in California. Her mother did not accept the diagnosis of brain death and moved her to New Jersey where state law allows the continuation of medical treatment for a person who has been declared brain dead... // Read More »
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania just permitted a plaintiff's medical futility lawsuit (including claims for punitive damages) to proceed against Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and several individual clinicians. B...
by Susan Mathews, Bioethics Program Alumna (2014) Healthcare spending in the U.S. is expected to grow by more than 5 percent annually over the next ten years. Should that prediction hold true, by 2023 health care spending will account for a fifth of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). Unfortunately, this level of spending is not sustainable […]