Health care providers should try not to make the common mistake of assuming that they have not contributed even in a small way to a conflict.
All articles by David Alfandre, MD, MSPH
Ethics consultants begin by identifying and clarifying the conflict to ensure it is related to ethics.
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.
Whatever strategy you employ to encourage vaccinations, it is important to be respectful and empathize with your patient’s concerns and perspectives.
Meeting public demand for an urgently needed effective medication quickly and safely during a pandemic involves difficult tradeoffs.
Physicians should frame treatment options by their “harms and benefits,” not by their “risks and benefits.”
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