AMA Journal of Ethics. January 2018
This month in Journal of Ethics
Clinicians’ Responsiveness to Violence
People suffering some form of violence routinely seek health care. As first responders, clinicians are required to treat these patients equitably and promote their best interests. In clinical practice, guidelines can help or hinder clinicians’ capacities to fulfill these duties to patients who are victims of gun violence or rape, for example. Standards of care regarding sexual assault protocols and forensic examinations have important limitations that need clinical and ethical consideration. At the macro level, clinicians can work with organizations and governments to implement prevention strategies. The January 2018 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics will explore the nature and scope of clinicians’ obligations to respond to violence clinically and as a public health threat.
Vialation Artwork and caption by Dino Maglić, MD This photorealistic illustration considers the recent wrongful arrest of University of Utah Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels.
Law, Ethics, and Conversations between Physicians and Patients about Firearms in the Home Alexander D. McCourt, JD, MPH, and Jon S. Vernick, JD, MPH Two things clinicians should be aware of are gag laws and background check laws for gun transfers and safe gun storage.
How the Health Sector Can Reduce Violence by Treating It as a Contagion Gary Slutkin, MD, Charles Ransford, MPP, and Daria Zvetina Violence can best be prevented and treated through collaborative, community-based programs using epidemic control methods.
Smiles, Apologies, and Drawing Trauma-Informed Care in the PurpLE Clinic Anita Ravi, MD, MPH, MSHP Comics can help clinicians offer trauma-informed care to survivors of sexual violence.
February Graphic Medicine and Health Care Ethics
March Global Reproductive Health Ethics in the 21st Century
April Ethical Considerations in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
May Trauma Surgery Ethics
June Ethics in Burn Care
July Religion and Spirituality in Health Care Practice
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