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 (35)

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

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

Ethics Consultation in Pediatrics: Long-Term Experience From a Pediatric Oncology Center Liza-Marie Johnson, Christopher L. Church, Monika Metzger & Justin N. Baker

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

The Proper Locus of Professionalization: The Individual or the Institutions? David Magnus & Bela Fishbeyn

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 4 - Apr 2015

Ebola, Team Communication, and Shame: But Shame on Whom? Sarah E. Shannon

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News (73)

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.

May 18, 2015 3:05 pm

How Doctors Deliver Bad News (http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-doctors-deliver-bad-news-1431970796)

The doctor in the grainy video is standing up, shifting uncomfortably as he spouts medical jargon that members of his patient’s family don’t understand.

May 7, 2015 2:25 pm

Talking to the Doctor About Treatment Harms

Whether preparing to undergo sensitive surgery or facing the prospect of spending a night in the hospital, patients often lack a critical piece of information to make an informed medical decision.

April 23, 2015 5:14 pm

Finding LGBT-competent doctors may be difficult

Finding doctors at U.S. teaching hospitals who consider themselves competent to care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients may be difficult, suggests a new study.

April 22, 2015 4:55 pm

Death in Secret: California’s Underground World of Assisted Suicide

Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in California. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Sick patients sometimes ask for help in hastening their deaths, and some doctors will explain, vaguely, how to do it.

April 16, 2015 1:59 pm

Meet the cancer patient in Room 52: His name is Joseph, but call him Joe

Lisa Mox and her husband, Joseph, who is now cancer-free after bouts of esophageal and colon cancer, are participating in a pilot program at Johns Hopkins Hospital to reduce “preventable harm” in the surgical intensive care unit. The program expands the definition of harm beyond medical complications to include loss of dignity and respect.

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