AMA Journal of Ethics. April 2016
This month in Journal of Ethics
Disability, Ethics, and Medicine
Who gets to define difference as disability? Clinical encounters between patients with disabilities and clinicians are situated within social and cultural contexts that influence quality of care and quality of life. Ethics can help identify troubling trends that pathologize difference and illuminate policy-level and practice-based responses to individual patients’ vulnerabilities.
Is Proxy Consent for an Invasive Procedure on a Patient with Intellectual Disabilities Ethically Sufficient? Commentaries by Stephen Corey, MD, and Peter Bulova, MD, and by Sonya Charles, PhD How should potential benefits and harms of reproductive health care options be assessed for women with disabilities?
Considering Decision Making and Sexuality in Menstrual Suppression of Teens and Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Commentary by Kruti Acharya, MD, and John D. Lantos, MD Ethical approaches involve discussion with the teen and any decision must benefit the patient, not just the caregiver.
An Open Letter to Medical Students: Down Syndrome, Paradox, and Medicine George Estreich A parent calls clinicians to accept each patient on her own terms to try to mitigate historically and culturally entrenched misperceptions about the personhood of people with intellectual disabilities.
May Clinical Ethics Consultations
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
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