Ethics

How to Respond to a Patient's Request for Prayer: A Clinician's Dilemma

How to Respond to a Patient's Request for Prayer: A Clinician's Dilemma

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While the decision of whether or not to pray with a patient is a personal one, introspection can help physicians offer a carefully considered response that acknowledges and explores the patient's request.

The Ethics of Consumer Genetic Testing for Huntington's: Peaked Interest Has Clinicians Concerned

The Ethics of Consumer Genetic Testing for Huntington's: Peaked Interest Has Clinicians Concerned

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing would enable consumers to bypass the safeguards set forth by professional guidelines, which could potentially increase the risk for harm associated with testing.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Ethical Questions and Surgical Contraindications

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Ethical Questions and Surgical Contraindications

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The potential consequences of providing cosmetic treatment to a patient with BDD can extend beyond ethical concerns.

FDA Approval of Medication With a Digital Monitoring System: Major Breakthrough or "Brave New World"?

FDA Approval of Medication With a Digital Monitoring System: Major Breakthrough or "Brave New World"?

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Abilify MyCite adds a digital sensor to the medication aripiprazole. The sensor, an ingestible event marker, is activated by contact with stomach acids and transmits a signal to a skin patch the patient wears, which then transmits to an app.

Addressing Commercial Incentives in the Medical Device Industry

Addressing Commercial Incentives in the Medical Device Industry

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Technical product specialists and other representatives of medical devices are typically available in-house to provide guidance to health professionals

Ethical Navigation of Patient Refusal of Treatment for Religious Reasons

Ethical Navigation of Patient Refusal of Treatment for Religious Reasons

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While physicians must respect patient autonomy, they have a professional commitment to provide medical intervention when possible.

Guidelines for Health Initiative-Faith-Based Organization Partnerships

Guidelines for Health Initiative-Faith-Based Organization Partnerships

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Often central to communities, faith-based organizations serve as local touchstones for health initiatives and outreach programs.

Ethical Guidelines for Living Donor Transplantation

Ethical Guidelines for Living Donor Transplantation

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The Belmont Report provides an appropriate framework for living donor organ transplantation.

The Halford Case Controversy: Are Institutional Review Board Regulations Too Strict?

The Halford Case Controversy: Are Institutional Review Board Regulations Too Strict?

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William Halford, PhD, reportedly administered a live attenuated herpes simplex virus vaccine to 17 participants at an off-campus hotel without approval from an institutional review board.

Should Possible Cosmetic Outcomes Influence Strategies in Burn Treatment?

Should Possible Cosmetic Outcomes Influence Strategies in Burn Treatment?

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What is the most ethically sound treatment when a patient is sedated and does not have a healthcare power of attorney?

Mental Health Organizations Urge Administration to Stop Separating Parents and Children at US Border

Mental Health Organizations Urge Administration to Stop Separating Parents and Children at US Border

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Citing the high degree of stress and possible lifelong trauma children can experience as the result of a forced separation, the mental health organizations noted that the policy could result in an increased risk for many mental illnesses.

Hep B Core Antibody-Positive Organs May Provide Solutions to the Organ Donor Crisis

Hep B Core Antibody-Positive Organs May Provide Solutions to the Organ Donor Crisis

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Hepatitis B core Antibody (anti-HB c+) organs may be a safe and ethical transplant option in an era where increased medical knowledge has enabled greater treatment for hepatitis.

The Value of Social Network Data for Surrogate Decision Making

The Value of Social Network Data for Surrogate Decision Making

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Surrogate decision making for patients without decision-making capabilities or advance directives can be a challenging task to take on.

In the Wake of Charlie Gard, Who Decides the Best Interests of Critically Ill Children?

In the Wake of Charlie Gard, Who Decides the Best Interests of Critically Ill Children?

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The use of specialist services may allow more equitable solutions to treatment questions in critically ill children as they are less formal and adversarial than the courts.

Evaluating the Medical Ethics of the FIRST Trial and Other Cluster Randomized Trials

Evaluating the Medical Ethics of the FIRST Trial and Other Cluster Randomized Trials

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The FIRST trial was heavily debated in the medical community on publication,

Strategies in Pain Management for Adult and Pediatric Patients With Burns

Strategies in Pain Management for Adult and Pediatric Patients With Burns

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The assessment of pain in patients with burns should be involve slightly similar approaches between adults and children.

Point-Counterpoint: Should We Implement Needle Exchange Programs for the Prevention of Hepatitis C Virus?

Point-Counterpoint: Should We Implement Needle Exchange Programs for the Prevention of Hepatitis C Virus?

Of the approximately 12.7 to 16 million people who inject drugs (PWID) worldwide, an estimated 10 million individuals have hepatitis C virus (HCV), making it the most prevalent infectious disease in this population.

Trump Administration Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy Rife With Health Implications

Trump Administration Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy Rife With Health Implications

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The zero tolerance immigration policy implemented by the Trump Administration in spring 2018 resulted in divisive political commentary that further delineated the line between parties.

When Parents and Physicians Disagree: Ethical Examinations of Pediatric Life-Sustaining Treatment

When Parents and Physicians Disagree: Ethical Examinations of Pediatric Life-Sustaining Treatment

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Clinicians offered perspective on a case regarding a mother who requested discontinuation of life-sustaining treatment for her infant after 7 months of NICU care.

The Ethics of Sharing Study Data With Research Participants

The Ethics of Sharing Study Data With Research Participants

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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

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

The Fight for Patient Privacy Under Big Data Analytics

The Fight for Patient Privacy Under Big Data Analytics

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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?"

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

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