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Let's get started on Volume 116 with this video from YouTube.  It's about 4 minutes or so in length but clearly shows a potentially upsetting relationship between a patient and his physician and physician's office.  On completion of the ...

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Around the world, an alarming percentage of Covid-19 deaths occurred in long-term care facilities. Some of these deaths may have been avoided by changes in design. It's time that bioethicists to take a closer look at the built health care environment.

The post The Bioethics of Built Health Care Spaces appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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by Arthur Caplan, PhD

There is general agreement that the rollout of vaccines in the United States has been a dismal failure. Too many doses are in warehouses, not nearly enough in arms. And too much confusion exists about prioritizing those in need versus allowing institutions and vaccination sites discretion to decide how best to use their supplies.

Given these challenges, what lessons can be drawn about vaccination policy going forward?

Drawing up priority lists without attention to logistics—where vaccine is being given– is confusing in terms of maximizing protection, vaccines in arms or following guidance as to priorities. Where vaccine is available, what is required to store them and how much effort is required to redeploy supply is just as important as setting priority lists as to who gets vaccinated.…

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A few days ago, I blogged about how New Mexico MAID legislation is designed to be more accessible than the traditional Oregon model. New Washington State legislation (H.B. 1141) is similarly designed to be more accessible. Waiting Period: The Wash...

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Once a patient loses capacity from dementia, medical aid in dying is usually no longer a last resort option. This is exemplified by the case of Christine Bregnard profiled in the Swiss media this week. Only in the Netherlands can one (while capaci...

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by Keisha Ray, PhD

In the past I have written on the concept of Black bioethics and when a mob of White domestic terrorists attacked the US Capitol last week I couldn’t help but think of the health of Black people watching these attacks. I thought of the psychological effects, such as mental anguish and anxiety they would cause for Black people. I thought of the stress these attacks must cause Black people and the very real adverse biological effects of stress on Black people, a population who already has disproportionate rates of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, all which are worsened by stress. I thought of the health effects of feeling disturbed, angry, sad, marginalized, mistreated, and all the other emotions we can imagine Black people might feel after seeing images of White people cause terror with little to no punishment from law enforcement and instead receiving kindness and understanding for their emotions and actions. The…

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Written by Julian Savulescu and Jonathan Pugh The current UK approach to allocating limited life-saving resources is on the basis of need. Guidance issued by The General Medical Council states that all doctors must “Make sure that decisions about setting priorities that affect patients are fair and based on clinical need and the likely effectiveness […]

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Written by Roger Crisp Imagine two worlds quite different from our own. In Non-intervention, if a person becomes ill with some life-threatening condition, though their pain may be alleviated, no attempt is made to save their lives. In Maximal-intervention, everything possible is done to save the lives of those with life-threatening conditions. Our world lies […]

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The 2021 International Association for Education in Ethics Conference Advisory & Planning Committee invites ethics educators and students to highlight their research or scholarly work through oral presentation or poster display.The virtua...

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In July 2020, the Texas Court of Appeals declared the dispute resolution provisions in the Texas Advance Directives Act unconstitutional. In this morning's Order List, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in COOK CHILDREN'S MEDICAL C...

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