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Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges in mHealth

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges in mHealth

The role of mHealth technologies, including smartphone applications and wearable sensors that enable real-time health monitoring, has become more prevalent within the last decade.

Illness Severity, Comorbid Clinical Features Affect Patient Capacity to Provide Informed Consent

Illness Severity, Comorbid Clinical Features Affect Patient Capacity to Provide Informed Consent

Patients unable to give informed consent displayed insufficient understanding of the study risks and benefits and the difference between research and individualized care.

Mistaking Legal Recourse for Evidence-Based Medical Practices in Surrogacy

Mistaking Legal Recourse for Evidence-Based Medical Practices in Surrogacy

Paying a surrogate to carry a fetus shoehorns a fourth, and fifth, party into the already tight therapeutic triangle formed by the biological mom, fetus, and physician.

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

Patients and their families are advocating for their right to access the latest medical research papers to help find potential treatments and understand health conditions.

Are Physician-Patient Relationships Ethical? Ethicists Say No, But Some Docs Disagree

Are Physician-Patient Relationships Ethical? Ethicists Say No, But Some Docs Disagree

According to the American Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics, romantic or sexual relationships between physicians and patients are unethical.

Caring for Carriers: Do Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test Results Have a Place in Primary Care?

Caring for Carriers: Do Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test Results Have a Place in Primary Care?

A case and commentary published in the AMA Journal of Ethics discusses the ethics of primary care physician response to direct-to-consumer genetic testing results of concerned patients.

Cognitive Functioning Affects the Ability of Patients With Advanced Cancer to Give Informed Consent

Cognitive Functioning Affects the Ability of Patients With Advanced Cancer to Give Informed Consent

Approximately half of patients with advanced cancer who are enrolled in phase 1 clinical trials do not know the ultimate goal of the study.

The Ethics of Forced Cesarean Deliveries: An Unthinkable Practice, Examined

The Ethics of Forced Cesarean Deliveries: An Unthinkable Practice, Examined

"Moral norms" in the medical domain must be applied to pregnant women and their physicians.

Clinical Practice Guidelines Establish Norms of Practice But Must Reduce Risk for Bias

Clinical Practice Guidelines Establish Norms of Practice But Must Reduce Risk for Bias

Clinical practice guidelines are an important part of medical practice, but scarce funding for updates and the risk for bias have raised challenges.

Inconsistent Interpretation of Equivalence Threatens Its Implementation in Prison Healthcare Settings

Inconsistent Interpretation of Equivalence Threatens Its Implementation in Prison Healthcare Settings

The implementation of healthcare equivalence in English prisons is threatened by a focus on security, tight budgets, and an increasing — and aging — prison population.

Ambiguity of Comfort Care Creates Confusion for Physicians, Patients Alike

Ambiguity of Comfort Care Creates Confusion for Physicians, Patients Alike

The term "comfort care" has generally become synonymous with end-of-life care in today's healthcare environment.

Addressing Ethical Challenges Associated With Precision Medicine

Addressing Ethical Challenges Associated With Precision Medicine

There is a continual debate regarding which approaches should be used to base stratification of patients to precision therapy.

Benefits and Ethical Considerations of Using AI for Predicting Incapacitated Patients' Consent

Benefits and Ethical Considerations of Using AI for Predicting Incapacitated Patients' Consent

The use of an artificial intelligence algorithm could become valuable for medical decision-making processes.

Examining the Ethical Considerations of Grateful Patient Fundraising

Examining the Ethical Considerations of Grateful Patient Fundraising

Grateful patient philanthropy — donations often made "in response to excellent medical care" — comprises approximately $10 billion in charitable giving to health care centers per year.

Bioethics Concerns Should Be a Key Element in mHealth Technology Development

Bioethics Concerns Should Be a Key Element in mHealth Technology Development

With the ubiquitous availability of digital technology such as smartphones, smart watches, health-related apps, and patient monitoring devices, the era of mHealth is upon us.

Managing Organ Donation Preferences in Cases With Circulatory Determination of Death

Managing Organ Donation Preferences in Cases With Circulatory Determination of Death

Organ donation immediately following the withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy and circulatory determination of death is a growing practice.

Failure of the Criminal Justice System to Accommodate Methadone Limits Addiction Recovery Among Incarcerated Individuals

Failure of the Criminal Justice System to Accommodate Methadone Limits Addiction Recovery Among Incarcerated Individuals

Despite the positive effects, just 55% of federal prison medical directors report offering methadone, and even fewer offer buprenorphine.

Is Mandatory Genetic Testing for Influenza Infection Variants Ethical?

Is Mandatory Genetic Testing for Influenza Infection Variants Ethical?

Mandatory genetic testing may also constitute an undue threat to employee autonomy and privacy.

Ethical Concerns Arise in Clinical Trial Enrollment as Number of Uninsured and Underinsured Americans Skyrockets

Ethical Concerns Arise in Clinical Trial Enrollment as Number of Uninsured and Underinsured Americans Skyrockets

Until universal access to healthcare is ensured as a human right, researchers must keep important ethical concerns in mind when designing future clinical trials.

Collaboration Between Pharma and Education Leads to Improved System for Compassionate Use Requests

Collaboration Between Pharma and Education Leads to Improved System for Compassionate Use Requests

Patients with difficult-to-treat illnesses often have limited treatment options, with many patients seeking experimental drugs outside of clinical trials.

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