Ethics consultants begin by identifying and clarifying the conflict to ensure it is related to ethics.
Surrogate decision makers for a patient are obligated to make health care decisions based on what the patient would have wanted if it is known.
Patients trust that what they tell their doctors will remain confidential, but under certain specific circumstances, the doctors may be obligated to breach that trust.
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored how easy it is for disreputable and non-authoritative sources to spread wrong and possibly dangerous medical information.
When patients are able to articulate their beliefs, it can help them move from making what may have been an unconscious choice into a conscious one.
Equality assures that everyone receives the same thing, but equity assures that everyone gets what they need.
For many health care professionals, successfully managing uncertainty means recognizing that surety is complicated and illusory and knowledge is iterative and provisional rather than definitive.