AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. June 2012, Volume 14, Number 6.

Ethics Poll

Advances in Psychiatry and Neuroscience

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

If, at some future point, neuroscience were to connect all human behaviors to specific, localized neurochemical activity in the brain, could humans still be held accountable for their choices and actions?
People have many opportunities to make their thoughts and ideas public through Facebook, blogging, and other social media outlets. Is it ethical for a psychiatrist to read what a patient has posted on a social media outlet or blogged on the Internet?
Should psychiatrists' treatment notes be inaccessible (behind a firewall) to all others who read a patient's electronic medical record. (Select the best answer.)