Ethics consultants begin by identifying and clarifying the conflict to ensure it is related to ethics.
All articles by David Alfandre, MD, MSPH
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.
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored how easy it is for disreputable and non-authoritative sources to spread wrong and possibly dangerous medical information.
Equality assures that everyone receives the same thing, but equity assures that everyone gets what they need.
Health care professionals should know they are accountable for their actions but also feel comfortable that they will not be blamed for systems errors that are beyond their control.
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.
Physicians should frame treatment options by their “harms and benefits,” not by their “risks and benefits.”
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