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September 27, 2016

Educating for Resilience and Humanism in an Uncertain Time

By Darrell G. Kirch We face a crisis of well-being in medicine. From the acceleration of science to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, rapid change has become the “new normal” for our profession.  While many of the changes have the potential to revolutionize health care, they also create stress and uncertainty within our […]
September 27, 2016

Montana Court Denies Hospital Permission to Conduct Brain Death Test

Based on a number of generally accepted diagnostic tests, clinicians at Saint Vincent's Healthcare have strongly suspected that their patient Allen Callaway is dead.  But his parents refused permission to conduct an apnea test to definitively dete...
September 26, 2016

Ethically Sound Episode 3: Anticipate and Communicate

Today’s episode, “Anticipate and Communicate,” focuses on the Commission’s sixth report Anticipate and Communicate: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings, which addressed how to ethically manage incidental findings—findings that lie outside the aim of a test or procedure—that arise in clinical, research, and direct-to-consumer contexts.
September 25, 2016

Zika and Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

Just last week, I received a call from a pollster.  It’s election season and I live in a hotly contested ‘swing state,’ so I wasn’t surprised.   What surprised me were the questions I was asked, mostly about the Zika virus—its spread and possible prevention.  One question especially caught my attention:  Are you in favor of genetically modified (GM) mosquitos?   Bioethics in a poll question!  I... // Read More »
September 25, 2016

False Claims Act Liability for Not Honoring Advance Directive

Nancy Chase is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who worked for Florida's LifePath Hospice from 1992 till late 2012.  Six years ago, she filed a federal false claims act case against her former employer arguing that it defrauded the government by ...
September 24, 2016

Why Does an End Stage Patient in Oregon Need VSED when Medical Aid in Dying Is Available?

I blogged about the case of Nora Harris a few days ago.  I have now reviewed the protective order papers that were filed with the Jackson County, Oregon court.  I make two additional observations. First, if you want clinicians to ...
September 23, 2016

America Is Number…5 Out Of 5?

Here’s a picture from @RAdamsDudleyMD, one that, sadly, is consistent with many previous studies. The US doesn’t measure up in giving people access to medical care.

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September 23, 2016

Health Care Decision Making for Unbefriended, Incapacitated Adults: A Value-Committed Policy Transfer Analysis

Despite the scope and prevalence of the problem, there is not much literature addressing the problem of incapacitated unrepresented patients.  One new 21-page article nicely summarized the issues. This article then zeroes in to assess two innova...
September 22, 2016

Did You Know That Obamacare Causes Diabetes? Here’s Why It Happens And Why It’s A Good Thing

Obamacare is a big, messy law with so many moving parts, it is often hard to tell how well it’s working. People debate whether it is killing jobs or creating them; they argue about whether it is lowering medical expenses … Continue reading

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September 22, 2016

Patient Decision Aids - Certification Standards

Decision Aids Comment Through October 14 Thank you for your continued interest in the Decision Aids Project. The draft report (PDF) containing the Expert Panel's recommendations for national standards and a certificat...