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.
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.
An appreciation of the virtues one wishes to embody can help to navigate the complex ethical dilemmas physicians may face during the COVID-19 crisis.
Meeting public demand for an urgently needed effective medication quickly and safely during a pandemic involves difficult tradeoffs.
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