AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Journal of Ethics Header

AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. June 2015, Volume 17, Number 6: 489-596.

  • Print
  • |
  • View PDF

Ethics in Rehabilitation Medicine

Ethics Poll

Do you think that research and treatment aimed at improving physical impairments send a message that living a life with impairments that are visible to others is less desirable than living a life without those impairments?
Consider this: A person incurs severe injuries that will impair him or her for life, e.g., burns over much of the body, loss of limbs, spinal cord injury. The person is an adult, conscious, and on a ventilator. After two weeks and many difficult conversations with physicians and family about his or her prognosis, the patient expresses the wish to be taken off the ventilator and allowed to die. The patient is judged to have decision-making capacity and has not changed his or her mind about dying over time. Which of the following do you think is the more ethically justifiable way to proceed?

From an AMA Journal of Ethics Special Contributor

Reuniting Through the Medical Humanities: Two Educators, Two Programs
Martin Kohn and Eric Kodish
Full Text | PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; Volume:491-495.

From the Editor

The Motor Function Specialty
Gaurav Jay Dhiman
Full Text | PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:496-499.

Ethics Cases

Physician Paternalism and Severe Disability: Strengthening Autonomy through Therapeutic Engagement
Commentary by Kristi L. Kirschner
Full Text | PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:500-505.

Safety and Ethical Considerations in Discharging Patients to Suboptimal Living Situations
Commentary by James Hill and William Filer
Full Text | PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:506-510.

Athlete Return-to-Play Decisions in Sports Medicine
Commentary by Adam S. Tenforde and Michael Fredericson
Full Text | PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:511-514.

Podcast

Ethics in Research with People Who Have Disabilities Listen
Interview with Jonathan D. Moreno

Medical Education

Assessing Competency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency: the ACGME Milestones Initiative
Julian Willoughby, Vu Nguyen, and William L. Bockenek
Full Text | PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:515-520.

In the Literature

A Clinical Ethics Approach to Opioid Treatment of Chronic Noncancer Pain
Mitchell J. Cohen and William C. Jangro
Full Text | PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:521-529.

Recognizing Psychological Diversity in People with End-Stage Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Debjani Mukherjee
Full Text | PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:530-534.

State of the Art and Science

Ethics in Rehabilitation: Access to Prosthetics and Quality Care Following Amputation
Colonel Paul F. Pasquina, Antonio J. Carvalho, and Terrence Patrick Sheehan
Full Text | PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:535-546.

Health Law

Service Dogs for Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Richard Weinmeyer
Full Text | PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:547-552.

Policy Forum

Access to Rehabilitative Care in the Affordable Care Act Era
Steven G. Ullmann
Full Text | PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:553-557.

Veterans Health Administration Policy on Cannabis as an Adjunct to Pain Treatment with Opiates
Michael Krawitz
Full Text | PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:558-561.

Medicine and Society

The Disability Movement’s Critique of Rehabilitation’s Medical Model: A Rebuttal
John D. Banja
Full Text | PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:562-567.

History of Medicine

History of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Its Ethical Dimensions
Levan Atanelov, Steven A. Stiens, and Mark A. Young
Full Text | PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:568-574.

Images of Healing and Learning

Multifaceted Nexus
Kyle T. Amber
Full Text | PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:575.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:576-592.

About the Contributors
Full Text | PDF
AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:593-596.