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The Ethics of Sharing Study Data With Research Participants

The Ethics of Sharing Study Data With Research Participants

In an era of larger-scale studies and increased data digitization, the question of which information is appropriate to disclose has become a focal point in medical ethics.

The Inhumane Practice of Constant Light Exposure in Immigrant Detention Facilities

The Inhumane Practice of Constant Light Exposure in Immigrant Detention Facilities

The practice of family separations has been described by the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics as a "form of child abuse."

Guidelines for Physicians in Navigating Aid-in-Dying Requests

Guidelines for Physicians in Navigating Aid-in-Dying Requests

Physician aid in dying is a divisive topic in the medical community, and even physicians who support the practice may only do so conditionally.

The Fight for Patient Privacy Under Big Data Analytics

The Fight for Patient Privacy Under Big Data Analytics

Introduced by the Trump administration in March 2018, the MyHealthEData initiative seeks to broaden patient access to electronic health records and insurance claims information.

Addressing Conceptions of Hymenoplasty Among Healthcare Providers

Addressing Conceptions of Hymenoplasty Among Healthcare Providers

Among some communities, hymenoplasty is seen as a "pragmatic choice" for women to conform to societal conceptions of virginity.

Does Right to Try Legislation Improve on Existing Compassionate Use Programs?

Does Right to Try Legislation Improve on Existing Compassionate Use Programs?

While politicians celebrate the passage of the Right to Try Act, physicians must closely monitor the outcomes to mitigate the potential consequences of this law.

The Ethical Argument Against Publishing Medical Research: What Responsibility Do Journal Editors Have?

The Ethical Argument Against Publishing Medical Research: What Responsibility Do Journal Editors Have?

There is growing concern regarding the power of the written word, specifically those words that are printed in medical journals.

Examining the Moral and Ethical Justification of Pornography Access in Fertility Clinics

Examining the Moral and Ethical Justification of Pornography Access in Fertility Clinics

The feminist and legal arguments against pornography, particularly images and videos featuring women, is that it results in the continuation of gender-based inequality.

Do the Deceased Have Rights to Autonomy? An Ethical Examination of Posthumous Conception

Do the Deceased Have Rights to Autonomy? An Ethical Examination of Posthumous Conception

Posthumous sperm collection should only be used in cases where there is a well-established relationship with a partner before death.

AMA Adopts Ethical Guidance on Medical Tourism

AMA Adopts Ethical Guidance on Medical Tourism

Medical tourism can complicate ethical expectations regarding patients' rights, including informed consent, continuity of care, and access to medical records.

Mining Patient Emergency Contact Data for Medical Research Raises Ethical Questions

Mining Patient Emergency Contact Data for Medical Research Raises Ethical Questions

Being someone's emergency contact may mean even more as researchers use this information to study the heritability of various conditions.

Judge and Jury: Who Decides What Makes a "Bad Doctor?"

Judge and Jury: Who Decides What Makes a "Bad Doctor?"

The internet has made it easier than ever for patients to search for physicians, but what happens when an innocent search yields horrific results?

Denial of Medically Necessary Gender-Affirming Surgeries Hurts US Veterans

Denial of Medically Necessary Gender-Affirming Surgeries Hurts US Veterans

Gender-affirming surgery is the only medically necessary intervention specifically denied to US armed services veterans.

Balancing Patients' Right to Privacy With the Educational Needs of Medical Students

Balancing Patients' Right to Privacy With the Educational Needs of Medical Students

Case study authors review the ethical and legal considerations of a medical student accessing a patient electronic health record after the patient is no longer in the student's care.

Applying a Bioethical Framework to Physician-Family Conflicts in Treatment Cessation

Applying a Bioethical Framework to Physician-Family Conflicts in Treatment Cessation

As a highly delicate and case-sensitive issue, cessation of treatment for non-competent patients will continue to be central to the medical and bioethics communities.

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Although all of the guidelines acknowledge that there are emergent situations in which providing care for a family member or friend is not only permissible but also essential, other situations are frowned upon.

Addressing Confidentiality Concerns With Electronic Access to Pediatric Medical Records

Addressing Confidentiality Concerns With Electronic Access to Pediatric Medical Records

As OpenNotes and similar patient portal systems gain traction, pediatricians examined the optimal way to afford transparency to parents while preserving patient confidentiality for minors.

Discrepancies Noted in Financial Disclosures Among Academic Physician-Directors

Discrepancies Noted in Financial Disclosures Among Academic Physician-Directors

Continued improvement in payment reporting mechanisms is crucial to meet the benchmarks set by the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

More Hospitals Mandating Influenza Vaccines for Healthcare Workers, Survey Says

More Hospitals Mandating Influenza Vaccines for Healthcare Workers, Survey Says

Results still indicate a trajectory toward stricter infection prevention at hospitals in general, and highlight a possible need for increased vaccine mandates.

Human Challenge Studies in Infectious Disease: Despite Need for Rigorous Oversight, Studies Are Vital

Human Challenge Studies in Infectious Disease: Despite Need for Rigorous Oversight, Studies Are Vital

Barriers to challenge studies include ethical guidelines indicating that the generation of scientific knowledge should never supersede the rights and interests of research subjects.

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