Tag: clinical ethics

Blog Posts (21)

November 17, 2015

What Should Clinicians and Bioethicists Tolerate?

by J.S. Blumenthal-Barby

Last week I attended a talk by German philosopher Rainer Forst on “Toleration and Democracy”. Professor Forst, a student of Habarmas, was named “the most important political philosopher of his generation” in 2012.…

July 15, 2013

Clinical Ethics Survey Responses Needed!!!


The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) would like your input.

Please take part in this short (8 question) survey to determine whether you endorse the FINAL DRAFT of the Code of Ethics for Health Care Ethics Consultants:


(Paste link in browser if survey doesn’t load by clicking on it.)

It should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.…

May 28, 2013

Good People Doing Bad Things for Good Reasons

Maurice Bernstein, MD

What is ethical or not is often in the eye of the beholder. That is why often the ethics of decisions or acts that we deal with in medicine is established through the process of consensus.…

April 2, 2013

The Ethics of "Hand-Offs" in Medicine

Maurice Bernstein, M.D.

Here is a realistic scenario as written in the U.S. government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality “Web M&M” website which could occur in any teaching or even in non-teaching hospital with hospitalists on duty.

March 13, 2013

Is What Is Ethical Lies "In The Eye Of The Beholder"?

Maurice Bernstein, M.D.

On my bioethics blog I wrote a post titled “Good People Do Bad Things for Good Reasons”. I suggested in that post that “what is ethical or not is often in the eye of the beholder”.

March 5, 2013

The Diabetes Challenge

Jennifer Chevinsky, B.S.

A recent study found a strong association between the number of test strips covered by insurance and better medical care in type 1 diabetics.…

February 19, 2013

"Innovative Treatment" vs Research: Which Is It?

Maurice Bernstein, M.D.

When does a doctor’s treatment of a patient become medical or surgical research? If what the doctor does is a standard and accepted method of therapy using proven medications or surgical techniques and represents nothing novel then at first glance what is occurring cannot be designated as research or can it?

February 14, 2013

Diagnosing Art

Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Every fall, I teach 30 medical and nursing students observation skills in our institution’s Art Rounds course. My colleagues and I take these students to one of our local museums where they learn how to observe their environment and patients by looking at works of art, learning about the role of observation in medicine, and by observing real life models.

February 6, 2013

Paging Dr. Howser

Jennifer Chevinsky, B.S.

Hospitals in Adelaide, Australia had seen a young man looking like a doctor wandering hospital halls. Was this a case of Doogie Howser, M.D.…

February 4, 2013

Military Doctors and Deaths by Torture: When a Witness Becomes an Accessory

Guest Blog Post: Steven Miles, M.D.

This blog post will appears as an Editorial in this May’s upcoming issue of AJOB

A Case (and Context)

The Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service in the United Kingdom recently revoked a physician’s license for failing to report treating a man who had been tortured and for failing to safeguard vulnerable detainees.…

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Published Articles (38)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 11 - Nov 2016

Diagnosis by Documentary: Professional Responsibilities in Informal Encounters Alistair Wardrope & Markus Reuber

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 11 - Nov 2016

The Ethics of Organ Donor Registration Policies: Nudges and Respect for Autonomy Douglas MacKay & Alexandra Robinson

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 11 - Nov 2016

Autonomy by Default Cass R. Sunstein

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 9 - Sep 2016

Four Roles of Ethical Theory in Clinical Ethics Consultation Morten Magelssen, Reidar Pedersen & Reidun Førde

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 3 - Mar 2016

A Pilot Evaluation of Portfolios for Quality Attestation of Clinical Ethics Consultants Joseph J. Fins, Eric Kodish, Felicia Cohn, Marion Danis, Arthur R. Derse, Nancy Neveloff Dubler, Barbara Goulden, Mark Kuczewski, Mary Beth Mercer, Robert A. Pearlman, Martin L. Smith STD, Anita Tarzian & Stuart J. Youngner

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 3 - Mar 2016

Ethics Consultation Quality Assessment Tool: A Novel Method for Assessing the Quality of Ethics Case Consultations Based on Written Records Robert A. Pearlman, Mary Beth Foglia, Ellen Fox, Jennifer H. Cohen, Barbara L. Chanko & Kenneth A. Berkowitz

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 3 - Mar 2016

Finding the Right Tools for Assessing Quality of Clinical Ethics Consultation David Magnus

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Professional Judgment and Justice: Equal Respect for the Professional Judgment of Critical-Care Physicians David Magnus & Norm Rizk

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 6 - Jun 2015

U.S. Complicity and Japan's Wartime Medical Atrocities: Time for a Response Katrien Devolder

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 5 - May 2015

A Code of Ethics for Health Care Ethics Consultants: Journey to the Present and Implications for the Field Anita J. Tarzian, Lucia D. Wocial & The ASBH Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs Committee

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News (78)

October 26, 2016 8:00 am

Cardiac Patient Aided by Bystanders Who Were Alerted by App (NPR)

If your heart is going to stop, right outside a hospital is not a bad place for it. And if 41 people within a 330-yard radius have a cellphone app alerting them to your distress, so much the better.

October 25, 2016 8:00 am

Can Ecstasy Help Relieve Social Anxiety Epidemic Among Autistic People? (NPR)

For a long time, Daniel Au Valencia got the message that she was wrong, wrong, wrong. She stood wrong. She talked wrong. She looked at people wrong. “There’s a lot of shame around autism,” she says. “There’s a lot of being told you look weird.”

October 17, 2016 8:00 am

Comparison of Physician and Computer Diagnostic Accuracy (JAMA)

The Institute of Medicine recently highlighted that physician diagnostic error is common and information technology may be part of the solution.1 Given advancements in computer science, computers may be able to independently make accurate clinical diagnoses.2 While studies have compared computer vs physician performance for reading electrocardiograms,3 the diagnostic accuracy of computers vs physicians remains unknown. To fill this gap in knowledge, we compared the diagnostic accuracy of physicians with computer algorithms called symptom checkers.

October 12, 2016 8:00 am

Excuse Me, Why Are You Wearing Those Surgical Scrubs Outside The Hospital? (WBUR)

I work in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, one of the densest concentrations of hospitals in the country, and I often have this reaction when I’m out on the street among my work neighbors: “Dude. Ew.”

October 7, 2016 8:00 am

This 8-year-old is free of cancer — for now — after a ‘breakthrough’ treatment (Washington Post)

By the time 8-year-old Ava Christianson got to the National Institutes of Health this summer, she had lost several grueling rounds to leukemia and was bracing for the next one.

September 28, 2016 10:50 am

World's first baby born from new procedure using DNA of three people (The Guardian)

The world’s first baby to be born from a new procedure that combines the DNA of three people appears to be healthy, according to doctors in the US who oversaw the treatment.

August 31, 2016 8:00 am

When a Medical Test Leads to Another, and Another

A patient gets a CT scan to diagnose an abdominal pain. By chance the scan also reveals a small lesion in the kidney. Should the patient be told?

August 26, 2016 8:00 am

EpiPens are my armor against disaster. They shouldn’t be priced like a luxury. (Washington Post)

The last time I refilled my EpiPen, in November, I paid $365.63 out of pocket for two auto-injectors. I looked that number up Thursday morning after the news broke that Mylan, the company that makes EpiPens, is bowing to public pressure and will startoffering discounts after years of hiking prices.

March 16, 2016 1:33 pm

'Difficult' patients may tend to get worse care, studies find

What happens to medical care when the patient is a jerk?  Dutch researchers asked the question in two new studies, and the answer should make grumps think the better of their bad behavior: “Disruptive” patients may get worse care from physicians.

May 22, 2015 12:26 pm

Doctors may not fully explain risks of common heart procedure

Patients mulling whether to get a common procedure to unclog blocked arteries may not get enough information from their doctors to make the best choice, a small study suggests.

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