AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. September 2006, Volume 8, Number 09

Ethics Poll

Doing What's Best at the End of Life

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

1. How much do you know about hospice?
2. A primary care physician has an ethical responsibility to solicit information about a patient's emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being and to acknowledge and attempt to treat suffering from these spheres that often accompanies physical illness.
3. CPR has been widely misused to restart the hearts of terminally ill patients who do not survive their underlying illness long enough to leave the hospital after CPR.