AMA Journal of Ethics®

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Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. March 2017, Volume 19, Number 3: 219-316.

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Language and Hierarchy in Medicine

Ethics Poll

Content Question

When is it acceptable for a clinician to ask a child to translate for a parent with limited English proficiency?

Find the answer to this question in the March 2017 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics.

Poll Question

If a psychiatric patient requests to see her health record, how should her psychiatrist respond?

Find a discussion of responses to this question in the March 2017 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics.

Peer-Reviewed CME Article

How Medicine May Save the Life of US Immigration Policy: From Clinical and Educational Encounters to Ethical Public Policy
Mark G. Kuczewski
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From the Editor

To Understand and Be Understood: The Ethics of Language, Literacy, and Hierarchy in Medicine
Zujaja Tauqeer
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Ethics Cases

Why It’s Unjust to Expect Location-Specific, Language-Specific, or Population-Specific Service from Students with Underrepresented Minority or Low-Income Backgrounds
Commentary by Barret Michalec, Maria Athina (Tina) Martimianakis, Jon C. Tilburt, and Frederic W. Hafferty
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Clinicians’ Obligations to Use Qualified Medical Interpreters When Caring for Patients with Limited English Proficiency
Commentary by Gaurab Basu, Vonessa Phillips Costa, and Priyank Jain
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When and How Should Clinicians Share Details from a Health Record with Patients with Mental Illness?
Commentary by Robyn P. Thom and Helen M. Farrell
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Podcast

Responding to Language Barriers in Health Care: An Interview with Dr. Donald A. Barr Listen

The Code Says

AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinions Related to Language and Hierarchy in Medicine
Danielle Hahn Chaet
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Medical Education

Language-Based Inequity in Health Care: Who Is the “Poor Historian”?
Alexander R. Green and Chijioke Nze
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In the Literature

From Doctors’ Stories to Doctors’ Stories, and Back Again
Marcia Day Childress
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State of the Art and Science

Language, Structure, and Reuse in the Electronic Health Record
Angus Roberts
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Health Law

Strategies for Acing the Fundamentals and Mitigating Legal and Ethical Consequences of Poor Physician-Patient Communication
MaryKatherine Brueck and Angelique M. Salib
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Policy Forum

The Role of Universal Health Literacy Precautions in Minimizing “Medspeak” and Promoting Shared Decision Making
Lara Killian and Margo Coletti
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Medicine and Society

From Particularities to Context: Refining Our Thinking on Illness Narratives
Annie Le, Kara Miller, and Juliet McMullin
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Correction Notice

Correction to “The Case of Dr. Oz: Ethics, Evidence, and Does Professional Self-Regulation Work?”
Audiey C. Kao
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About the Contributors
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