AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. February 2008, Volume 10, Number 2.

Ethics Poll

Caring for the Incarcerated Patient

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

As wards of the state, prisoners are guaranteed health care, a fact that many citizens find unfair. Which of the following statements best expresses how you feel about prisoners' access to health care?

A prisoner with severe medical illness who is a threat to himself or others should retain his right to refuse psychotropic medication.

During incarceration prisoners should have access to:
(Check as many as apply.)

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 our readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.