Ethics

Medical School Training Has Various Effects on Empathy in Students

Medical School Training Has Various Effects on Empathy in Students

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Although some research shows that empathy decreases over the course of medical school training, other evidence suggests that certain aspects of empathy improve throughout training.

Experts Weigh in on ACP Position Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide

Experts Weigh in on ACP Position Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide

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Authors of recent position papers provide their opinion on the legalization of physician assisted suicide.

Ethically Navigating Organ Donation Through Social Media

Ethically Navigating Organ Donation Through Social Media

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Ethical regulations regarding the use of social media for communication about organ transplantation address increased concerns about the autonomy and quality of care for transplant candidates and potential donors.

Ethical Conflicts Between Patient and Physician Are Common in Futility Care

Ethical Conflicts Between Patient and Physician Are Common in Futility Care

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Some physicians "may invoke futility to unilaterally withhold treatment when the treatments 'prolong the dying process'" at the bedside.

Euthanasia, Physician-Assisted Suicide Increasingly Legalized Worldwide, but Remain Rare

Euthanasia, Physician-Assisted Suicide Increasingly Legalized Worldwide, but Remain Rare

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Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide legalization is increasing worldwide, but reported cases are few and remain rare.

More Clarity Needed on Recordings of Medical Encounters, Policy Experts Say

More Clarity Needed on Recordings of Medical Encounters, Policy Experts Say

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The law is inconsistent, with patient encounter recordings being allowed in certain situations and illegal in others.

Blood Farming and Illegal Organ Selling

Blood Farming and Illegal Organ Selling

Blood farming is a growing health care and human rights issue that is especially prevalent in India. This highly illegal and immoral practice involves treating human beings (often recent immigrants and individuals from other marginalized populations) much like cattle on an industrial dairy farm.

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