AMA Journal of Ethics. May 2016
This month in Journal of Ethics
Clinical Ethics Consultation
Ethics committees and consultations are essential features of health care. This issue reviews the historical development and current roles of these structures in health care organizations. Authors offer insights about ethical conflict and methods of consensus-building that can help clinicians, patients, and patients’ loved ones reveal and respond to sources of ethical complexity in practice.
Consequences for Patients and Their Loved Ones When Physicians Refuse to Participate in Ethics Consultation Processes David S. Seres, MD, ScM While some physicians try to avoid ethics consultations, their participation can be essential for good patient care.
Roles of Student Ethics Committees in Preparing Future Physicians Carolyn Johnston, LLM, MA, PhD In the UK, a pilot program at King’s College London offers a valuable forum for ethics discussions among medical students.
Why Did Hospital Ethics Committees Emerge in the US? Mark P. Aulisio, PhD As high-tech care decisions led to value clashes in hospital corridors, ethics committees developed to respond to diverse viewpoints, families’ concerns, and clinicians’ moral distress. They now exist in almost all US health care organizations.
June Ethics and Mental Health
July Ethics of International Health Systems Development
August Ethical Issues in Pathology
September Ethics and Interprofessionalism in Medical Education
October Health Professionals with Disabilities
November Transgender Health and Medicine
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