AMA Journal of Ethics. September 2017
This month in Journal of Ethics
Incarceration and Correctional Health Care
The United States incarcerates a greater share of its population than any nation on earth, including disproportionate numbers of people from racial minority communities. Clinicians in correctional settings are uniquely challenged when trying to offer good care while respecting patients’ autonomy, and patients who experience incarceration have poorer health outcomes and shorter life expectancy. This issue explores the impact of incarceration on the health system, professionals, and patients.
Surgery in Shackles: What Are Surgeons’ Obligations to Incarcerated Patients in the Operating Room? Sara Scarlet, MD, and Elizabeth Dreesen, MD Shackling incarcerated surgery patients is unnecessary for safety and undermines patients’ trust.
How to Talk with Patients about Incarceration and Health Care Commentary by Kimberly Sue, MD, PhD Physicians can approach patients’ incarceration history in ways that mitigate stigma and strengthen therapeutic alliance.
What Are Physicians’ Responsibilities to Patients Whose Health Conditions Can Influence Their Legal Proceedings? Commentary by David Beckmann, MD, MPH When acting as a surrogate for incapacitated incarcerated patients, physicians may disclose protected health information to a patient’s legal counsel.
Hydrochlorothiazide Artwork and caption by Satyajeet Roy, MD A drawing captures one physician-artist’s experience of working in a prison.
October Safe Water Access and the Roles of Clinicians
November Ethics of Collaborative Health Systems Design
December Health Care Ethics and Professionalism in the Era of Climate Change
January Clinicians’ Responsiveness to Violence
February Roles of Comics in Health Care Ethics
March Global Reproductive Health Ethics in the 21st Century
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