Hot Topics: Informed Consent

Blog Posts (4)

September 18, 2013

Stop Therapeutic Obstinacy: Penalties for Administering Futile ICU Interventions

by Thaddeus Pope JD Ph.D.

Intensive care clinicians and clinical ethicists have long known that the provision of interventions perceived to be “futile” is a major problem in U.S.…

September 16, 2013

Patient Informed Consent For The Teaching Hospital "Trainee" Care: Informing Realistic Scenarios

by Maurice Bernstein MD

Informed consent is the ethical and legal hallmark for the support of patient decision-making in medicine.  Though the ethics of patient communication of facts without deceit has been part of medical consideration for generations, it wasn’t until the landmark decision Schloendorff v The Society of the New York Hospital in 1914 that informed consent became United States law. …

June 20, 2013

The Ethics of "Gawking " in Medicine

Maurice Bernstein, MD

Gawking, defined in Merriam-Webster dictionary  as “to gape or stare stupidly.” It is the “stupidly” which I think sets the ethics of the behavior. …

March 19, 2013

Failing to Follow Best Practices - Ovarian Cancer

At the 2013 annual meeting on Women’s Cancer by The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (March 9 2012 – Los Angeles) Dr. Robert Bristow, the director of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of California – Irvine presented a retrospect...

Published Articles (6)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 3 - Mar 2014

The Ethics of Advertising for Health Care Services Yael Schenker, Robert M. Arnold & Alex John London

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 11 - Nov 2013

The Use of Deception in Public Health Behavioral Intervention Trials: A Case Study of Three Online Alcohol Trials Jim McCambridge, Kypros Kypri, Preben Bendtsen & John Porter

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 6 - Jun 2013

Nudging and Informed Consent Shlomo Cohen

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 4 Issue 2 - Apr 2013

Do Hospitalized Patients in a Nigerian Community Consider Informed Consent Necessary? Omokhoa Adedayo Adeleye & Ekaete Alice Tobin

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 4 - Apr 2013

Does Consent Bias Research? Mark A. Rothstein & Abigail B. Shoben

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 3 - Mar 2012

To Tell the Truth, the Whole Truth, May Do Patients Harm: The Problem of the Nocebo Effect for Informed Consent Rebecca Erwin Wells & Ted J. Kaptchuk

News (12)

December 20, 2013 1:58 pm

The Supreme Court’s terrible—and dangerous—ruling this week on the Fifth Amendment.

On Monday, in a case called Salinas v. Texas that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves, the Supreme Court held that you remain silent at your peril. The court said that this is true even before you’re arrested, when the police are just informally asking questions.

September 27, 2013 2:22 pm

Pennsylvania law gives patients the right to ask doctors about care

The Pennsylvania’s Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act specifically gives patients the right to ask questions of physicians, not just physician assistants or nurses.

August 27, 2013 1:03 pm

UC Davis surgeons resign after bacteria-in-brain dispute

Two UC Davis neurosurgeons who intentionally infected three brain-cancer patients with bowel bacteria have resigned their posts after the university found they had “deliberately circumvented” internal policies.  The surgeons maintain they were acting in the best interests of their desperately ill patients, whose prognoses for survival were poor.

August 14, 2013 6:32 pm

Electronic Informed Consent: Will it Increase Patient Knowledge on Trials?

As the modernization of the informed consent process looks to keep patients better informed with electronic presentations of trial information, sponsors and CRO may also utilize the tech to track more data.

July 2, 2013 1:41 pm

Stop Worrying About Privacy, Start Caring About Identity

Informed consent and a change in privacy rules are what most people seem to be concerned about. However, data by itself is not intelligent. There are equal-parts rules and tools for data to become actionable information.

June 5, 2013 5:16 pm


A group of scholars and leaders in bioethics and pediatrics with extensive experience in ethical and regulatory issues in pediatrics and human subjects research urged the OHRP to withdraw its research violation notification to the institutions involved in SUPPORT.

May 21, 2013 2:37 pm

India: Audio-visual consent to become mandatory for clinical trials soon

In a landmark move in the sphere of clinical trials, informed consent of patients participating in clinical trials will soon be recorded on camera.

February 28, 2013 12:49 pm

Furor over horsemeat reveals need for strict food labeling (NBC News)

Would you eat horsemeat?  A lot of people would not. Should you have the right to know if the meat you are eating contains horsemeat?  The answer to that question is a resounding yes…

July 12, 2012 12:29 pm

U.S. Injected Gitmo Detainees With ‘Mind Altering’ Drugs (Wired News (blog))

Prisoners inside the U.S. military’s detention center at Guantanamo Bay were forcibly given “mind altering drugs,” including being injected with a powerful anti-psychotic sedative used in psychiatric hospitals. Prisoners were often not told what medications they received, and were tricked into believing routine flu shots were truth serums. It’s a serious violation of medical ethics, made worse by the fact that the military continued to interrogate prisoners while they were doped on psychoactive chemicals.

July 9, 2012 9:08 pm

Hospitals 'letting patients die to save money' (The Telegraph)

Hospitals may be depriving elderly patients of food and drink to hasten their deaths as part of cost-cutting measures to free up bed space, leading doctors warn.  The six doctors are experts in elderly care and wrote the letter in conjunction with the Medical Ethics Alliance, a Christian medical organisation. They say that many members of the public have contacted them with examples of inappropriate use of the pathway, which is implemented in up to 29 per cent of hospital deaths.

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