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July 1, 2014

Enter the Corporate Congress: SCOTUS & FACEBOOK

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

PART 1: SCOTUS
One of the facts that hiring managers are taught is that you can never ask a potential employee about their religion (among other protected areas) unless the candidate brings it up.…

June 19, 2014

Community Consultation Should Include Social Media

by Nuriel Moghavem

A New York Times article published this week describes a clinical trial in Pittsburgh where incapacitated and rapidly exsanguinating gunshot victims have their blood replaced by cold saline for up to an hour in an effort to preserve neurological function and life.…

June 16, 2014

MEDICAL FUTILITY, THEN AND NOW

by Barron H. Lerner, M.D., Ph.D.

When an article promoting the idea of medical futility appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 1990, my father was thrilled. …

June 10, 2014

Tragedy in Research History: The Children of Ireland

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

For many people, the film Philomena was an introduction to a history of Irish babies being taken from their unwed mothers and adopted to “good” Catholic families in other countries.…

June 8, 2014

Chip and Fish: Inadvertent Spies

by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.

There has been a great deal of fingerpointing, second-guessing and recrimination over the decision by the President to exchange five former Taliban leaders for the American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl. …

June 4, 2014

Revitalizing Informed Consent Law

by Thaddeus Mason Post, JD, PhD

In a few days, the Journal of Clinical Ethics will publish my seventeenth “Legal Briefing” column. …

May 16, 2014

Artistic Inquiry: Informed Consent on Stage

Deborah Zoe Laufer’s new play, Informed Consent, takes its inspiration from a real-life situation. Drawing on details from a legal dispute in the 1990s between a Native American tribe and Arizona State University, this thought-provoking and surprisingly humorous play tells the story of a genetic anthropologist whose tests on a Native population exceed those for […]
April 28, 2014

Bioethics Commission Staff Holds Multidisciplinary Educational Materials Webinar

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethics Issues (Bioethics Commission) recently hosted a webinar entitled “Multidisciplinary Implementation of Bioethics Commission Education Materials.” In the hour-long presentation, three Bioethics Commission staff members (including myself) demonstrated how the Commission’s educational materials can be used in three different settings: a philosophy course, a biology course, and a […]
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. …

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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 (13)

April 23, 2014 1:46 pm

Would you share your DNA info to advance medicine?

The provocative question of how “big data” will affect medicine and patient privacy is getting a lot of attention at the National Institutes of Health.

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

The OHRP and SUPPORT

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.

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