Bioethics

 
 

Bioethics

  • Comparing Healthcare Systems: Outcomes, Ethical Principles, and Social Valu The value of using outcome measures is critically scrutinized in an examination of the debate between rights-oriented and commodity-oriented approaches to healthcare delivery.
  • Ethics and Evidence-Based Medicine: Is There a Conflict? Evidence-based medicine (EBM): an effective set of algorithms or a "one size fits all" shortcut that can prejudice investigation and treatment?
  • Terminal Sedation, Euthanasia, and Causal Roles What are the ethical pros and cons of terminal sedation in combination with termination of treatment in comparison with alternatives such as assisted suicide?
  • Resource Allocation in Healthcare Because physicians determine access to healthcare, solving the allocation problem will require developing a new model of the physician-patient relationship.
  • Healthcare and the Hospital Chaplain Authors question wisdom of treating chaplains as full-fledged healthcare professionals and allowing them automatic access to patients and their medical records without patients' explicit permission.
  • Why America's Doctors Should Support Universal Healthcare The authors defend 3 reasons why it is in a physician's own self-interest to support universal healthcare.
  • Healthcare Systems and Motivation The author discusses the historic roots of the US healthcare "system" and the self- and other-directed motivations of physicians.
  • Oaths for Physicians -- Necessary Protection or Elaborate Hoax? Medical oaths have a powerful psychological influence on both patients and physicians, requiring physicians to re-affirm their responsibility as advocates for the poor.
  • Public Reason and Bioethics Rawls's conception of political liberalism provides valuable information about how a democratic society should deal with bioethical questions.
  • Hope in the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery A discussion of the ethics of hope in neonatal intensive care nursery decision-making, with particular emphasis on the role of the neonatologist
  • The Unexpected Death of a Patient The unexpected death of a patient can strike a physician with devastating force, stressing her/his ability to cope. There are many reasons for this. Which factor is often overlooked?
  • Introduction to a New eSection -- Bioethics Dr. Erich Loewy introduces the launch of MedGenMed's newest eSection -- Bioethics.