Tag: clinical ethics

Blog Posts (20)

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.…

January 23, 2013

Diagnosing the Famous Non-Patient

Jennifer Chevinksy, B.S.

The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) has recently denounced the actions of neurologist Dr. Rustico Jimenez who publicly commented on the health status of boxer and politician, Manny Pacquiao.…

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Published Articles (30)

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

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 1 - Jan 2015

Neglected Ends: Clinical Ethics Consultation and the Prospects for Closure Autumn Fiester

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 1 - Jan 2015

Ethical Obligations and Clinical Goals in End-of-Life Care: Deriving a Quality-of-Life Construct Based on the Islamic Concept of Accountability Before God (Taklīf) Aasim Padela & Afshan Mohiuddin

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 12 - Dec 2014

Alcohol and Drug Testing of Health Professionals Following Preventable Adverse Events: A Bad Idea John Banja

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 12 - Dec 2014

Testing Madness: Shifting From a Punitive Approach to a Therapeutic One Kayhan Parsi

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 11 - Nov 2011

Should the “Slow Code” Be Resuscitated? John D. Lantos & William L. Meadow

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News (69)

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.

April 9, 2015 1:36 pm

When surgeons say ‘we can fix it,’ patients may misunderstand risks

When surgeons prepare patients for an operation by describing how it can fix a problem, patients may agree to procedures without fully understanding the risks, a small study suggests.

March 4, 2015 6:23 pm

Stanford student earns national recognition for research on medical communication

Stanford medical student Genna Braverman won “best poster” at a recent meeting for her work examining communication challenges medical students encountered.

January 12, 2015 1:57 pm

E-learning matches traditional training for doctors, nurses: review

Millions more students worldwide could train as doctors and nurses using electronic learning, which is just as effective as traditional medical training, a review commissioned by the World Health Organization has found.

January 8, 2015 8:29 pm

Connecticut Supreme Court upholds ruling that teen must undergo chemo

The Connecticut Supreme Court upheld a prior ruling Thursday that a 17-year-old cancer patient cannot refuse chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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