Medical Ethics

Patient Experiences Shed Light on Diagnostic Errors

Patient Experiences Shed Light on Diagnostic Errors

Data from patient- and family-reported error narratives indicate that problems related to patient-physician interactions are major contributors to diagnostic errors.

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.

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.

Standardized Funder Policies Will Improve Transparency, Publication Bias in Clinical Trials

Standardized Funder Policies Will Improve Transparency, Publication Bias in Clinical Trials

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Research findings suggest the need for greater adherence to a standardized set of policies aimed at improving transparency among clinical trial funders.

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

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

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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.

Discrepancies Noted in Financial Disclosures Among Academic Physician-Directors

Discrepancies Noted in Financial Disclosures Among Academic Physician-Directors

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

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

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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.

Underreporting of Conflicts of Interests Likely at FDA Advisory Committee Meetings

Underreporting of Conflicts of Interests Likely at FDA Advisory Committee Meetings

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Approximately one-quarter of public speakers presenting at the Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisor Committee Meetings have conflicts of interest.

The Link Between Medical Malpractice and Defensive Medicine

The Link Between Medical Malpractice and Defensive Medicine

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Many studies attempt to quantify the effect of the various malpractice claim regulations on physician practice by linking it to the prevalence of defensive medicine, which is when a physician alters his or her clinical approach for the purpose of reducing malpractice exposure.

Drawing the Line Between Personal Beliefs and Patient Rights

Drawing the Line Between Personal Beliefs and Patient Rights

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There's only one way to resolve the dissonance between personal beliefs and professional obligations: remembering that physicians take an oath pledging fealty to patients' health, not their own belief systems.

Improving Transparency in Clinical Research

Improving Transparency in Clinical Research

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More than 20% of articles included in a cross-sectional study included conflict-of-interest disclosures.

Pharmacist Feedback, Education Reduce Prescription Errors by Junior Doctors

Pharmacist Feedback, Education Reduce Prescription Errors by Junior Doctors

Pharmacist feedback and education is effective at reducing prescription writing errors by junior doctors in an inpatient setting.

Race/Ethnicity May Not Accurately Predict Health-Related Quality of Life in Chronic Pain

Race/Ethnicity May Not Accurately Predict Health-Related Quality of Life in Chronic Pain

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Age, anxiety, and socioeconomic status are better predictors than race and ethnicity for health-related quality of life outcomes in patients with chronic pain.

Practicing Defensive Medicine: Avoiding Prosecution at What Cost?

Practicing Defensive Medicine: Avoiding Prosecution at What Cost?

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The scourge of defensive medicine — the practice of recommending tests or treatments for the purpose of avoiding or mitigating litigation — has been dissected tirelessly.

Considering Patients' Rights When Complying With Law Enforcement

Considering Patients' Rights When Complying With Law Enforcement

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Medical professionals can be caught between the legal and ethical obligations of informed consent and the legal obligations of complying with law enforcement orders.

Considering Patients' Rights When Complying With Law Enforcement

Considering Patients' Rights When Complying With Law Enforcement

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Medical professionals can be caught between the legal and ethical obligations of informed consent and the legal obligations of complying with law enforcement orders.

Data Transparency and Publication Bias: Impact on Clinical Trials

Data Transparency and Publication Bias: Impact on Clinical Trials

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The need for data transparency carries an ethical and moral obligation and requires nonselective and unbiased publication of clinical results.

End-of-Life Care of Similar Quality Between Racial Groups

End-of-Life Care of Similar Quality Between Racial Groups

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Although no significant racial differences exist in the quality of end-of-life care in the US, the overall quality of care does require improvement.

Patient Safety Incident Reports: The Role of a Culture of Blame

Patient Safety Incident Reports: The Role of a Culture of Blame

Patient safety incident reports could be biased by blame and fault attribution, and could reflect a health care culture that leads to blame and retribution.

Are Physicians Providing Full Disclosure of Pre-Referral Errors?

Are Physicians Providing Full Disclosure of Pre-Referral Errors?

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Disclosing errors to patients can be difficult for clinicians due to fears of litigation and professional embarrassment, but disclosing the medical errors in diagnosis committed by a referring physicians adds another layer of complexity.

Migraine Medication Prescribing Patterns Across Racial Groups

Migraine Medication Prescribing Patterns Across Racial Groups

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Migraine medication prescription patterns and quality of prescribed medications for migraine headache are similar between minorities and other racial groups.

Overdose: Mitigating the Legal Risk

Overdose: Mitigating the Legal Risk

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Jennifer Bolen, JD, provides PAINWeek 2017 attendees with information on risk reduction and response to medication overdose events.

A Story of Bias and Prejudice in Medicine Highlighted by #WhatADoctorLooksLike

A Story of Bias and Prejudice in Medicine Highlighted by #WhatADoctorLooksLike

Inherent biases cannot be completely eliminated as they are historic trends that continue to prevail.

A Story of Bias and Prejudice in Medicine Highlighted by #WhatADoctorLooksLike

A Story of Bias and Prejudice in Medicine Highlighted by #WhatADoctorLooksLike

Inherent biases cannot be completely eliminated as they are historic trends that continue to prevail.

A Story of Bias and Prejudice in Medicine Highlighted by #WhatADoctorLooksLike

A Story of Bias and Prejudice in Medicine Highlighted by #WhatADoctorLooksLike

Inherent biases cannot be completely eliminated as they are historic trends that continue to prevail.

Curbside Consulting in Medicine: Legal Boundaries

Curbside Consulting in Medicine: Legal Boundaries

Some courts have ruled that if no medical decision or treatment decision is offered, a physician-patient relationship is not created, and no responsibility for the physician's fate is transferred.

Liberalizing Access to Biobanks to Benefit Genomic Research

Liberalizing Access to Biobanks to Benefit Genomic Research

The greater interconnection of biobanks and researchers leads not only to enhanced statistical power, but to greater genetic diversity, expanding the number of people affected by this grand project.

Sunshine Act Deadline for Dispute Reporting Nears

Sunshine Act Deadline for Dispute Reporting Nears

Only a few weeks remain for physicians to report disputes relating to financial relationships with drug and medical device manufacturers.

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