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Exploring ethical issues in medical dramas

The Resident (Season 2; Episode 23): Unrepresented patient and substance abuse; Chicago Med (Season 4; Episode 20): Violating a patient’s autonomy; organ trafficking

The Resident (Season 2; Episode 23): Unrepresented patient and substance abuse

A middle-aged man comes to the ER unable to speak and without ID. The staff gives him the name “Sunflower”. He is presumed to be homeless based on the state of his clothing and dirt under his fingernails; thus, without insurance. But Chastain is a private hospital. How much do they do for him? Pravesh says that an MRI for his condition is the standard of care, so that is what they do—we know he’s stretching the reality here to help his patient.…

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Does  the above animation tell us anything about thepatient-doctor relationships which has been amply describedand detailed on this blog thread?  Could any of the patientreactions to the actions of the physician or the medical systemsimply be...

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Does  the above animation tell us anything about thepatient-doctor relationships which has been amply describedand detailed on this blog thread?  Could any of the patientreactions to the actions of the physician or the medical systemsimply be...

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This blog post made available by the American Journal of Bioethics. You can read this editorial and accompanying articles here.

by Sarah Wieten, Ph.D., Jacob Blythe, MA, & David Magnus, Ph.D.

In their target article, Beskow and Weinfurt investigate a lack of understanding by research participants about central concepts in biobanking and disagreement among experts about what this lack of understanding means for informed consent.

Beskow and Weinfurt designed and carried out “a national online survey in which participants were randomized to receive either the simplified or traditional consent form … After reading the form, participants completed the comprehension quiz.…

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This blog post made available by the American Journal of Bioethics. You can read this editorial and accompanying articles here.

by Laura Kelly, MS, Governor of Kansas

A single mother doing her best to raise her children. A small business owner realizing her dreams in a rural Kansas town. A caregiver for a disabled child. All these Kansans deserve the ability to see a doctor when they need one and receive the health care services necessary for them to remain productive members of their communities.

These Kansans are why my campaign prioritized Medicaid expansion and why it remains one of my highest priorities in office.…

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Guest Post: Torbjörn Tännsjö, Kristian Claëson Emeritus Professor of Practical Philosophy Statistically speaking, women perform less well than men in most sports. Their top results are 10-12 % worse than those of men. If they are to have a chance to compete at the top level, they need a protected space. At least, this has been […]

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In 2017, Darren Leith had a stroke that left him in a locked-in state. This recent story on Leith reminded me that many patients seek to hasten their death not because of their (non-fixable) medical condition but because of their (potentially fixable) social condition.

While Leith has not sought to end his life, his depression comes not so much from the locked-in condition as much as from the fact that he is 100 miles away from his family in a neuro-rehabilitation center. 

The last time Leith’s daughter visited him, he spelled out five words by using his eyes to point to letters on a board - "take me home you two." 


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Litigants challenging the constitutionality of the dispute resolution provisions in the Texas Advance Directives Act (sometimes called "the 10-day rule") lost before two lower courts in Houston. They are now taking their case to the Supreme Court of Te...

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Should religion play a role in a doctor's care of seriously ill patients? The author, a hematologist/oncologist who teaches Jewish medical ethics, writes: "A physician's outlook may be shaped by religious standards without having to impose it on the patient."

The post Religion, Suffering, and the Physician’s Role appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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More states are considering Simon's Laws. These require clinicians to notify parents before instituting a DNR order for a minor patient. These laws also typically prohibit clinicians from instituting a DNR order over parental objections. However, the ...

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