AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. October 2003, Volume 5, Number 10

Ethics Poll

Tough Ethical Questions in Psychiatry

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Psychotropic drugs should be prescribed:
Do you think criminal defendants with schizophrenia should be involuntarily medicated so that they can stand trial?
Confidentiality between patient and psychiatrist:
Do you think electroconvulsive therapy is a useful therapy for certain psychiatric illnesses if fully informed consent is obtained?
Is it fair to have a coverage cap (eg, number of office visits) for treatment of mental illness when there is no such cap for treatment of physical illness?
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of Virtual Mentor readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.