Hot Topics: Vulnerable Populations
by Craig Klugman
In a startling whistleblower report, Dawn Looten who is a licensed nurse practitioner at the Irwin County (GA) Detention Center (ICDC) stated that patients were denied COVID tests, medical records were altered and destroyed, and most disturbingly, that a very high number of hysterectomies were performed on detained immigrant women who may not have understood what was being done to them.…Full Article
Keisha Ray, Ph.D.
Recently the term black bioethics has been having its moment. With the world’s recently increased attention to racial justice, institutional racism, and medical racism, there has been more attention to the relationship between black people and health and health care. …Full Article
Disparities persist under the COVID-19 pandemic. Vulnerable communities to the virus have also been underrepresented in clinical trials. These worries are based on historical examples of discrimination in clinical practice and study design. Building trust between the communities of interest and the vaccine developers is key to higher enrollment, but how can this be facilitated on years of previous distrust and at times, exploitation?Full Article
“Black mothers are often not listened to when they report signs of possible complications of pregnancy and birth…traumatic birthing experiences are so common that 1/4 of Black women report disrespect and abuse in the hospital.”Full Article
“Combining DNA samples is the core of forensic genetic genealogy. The process rests on the simple statistical rules of genetics.” With the rise of forensic genetic profiling, ethical concerns include impacts on communities of color and more. Although this genetic profiling has aided in long-abandoned cases, consumers question the privacy and permissions of third-parties.Full Article