AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. September 2017, Volume 19, Number 9: 843-953.

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Incarceration and Correctional Health Care

Ethics Poll

Poll Question

A patient in a county jail shows symptoms of possible cognitive impairment. Should his physician inform the patient’s legal counsel?

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

Poll Question

A patient in a prison refuses her diabetes injection unless she gets gabapentin for back pain. How should her physician respond?

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

Peer-Reviewed CME Articles

Ethics Students Go to the Jail
Oliver Schirokauer, Thomas A. Tallman, Leah Jeunnette, Despina Mavrakis, and Monica L. Gerrek
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Compassionate Release Policy Reform: Physicians as Advocates for Human Dignity
Andreas Mitchell and Brie Williams
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“Teach-to-Goal” to Better Assess Informed Consent Comprehension among Incarcerated Clinical Research Participants
Cyrus Ahalt, Rebecca Sudore, Marielle Bolano, Lia Metzger, Anna M. Darby, and Brie Williams
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From the Editor

Ethics at the Intersection of the Criminal Justice and Health Care Systems
Lisa Simon
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Ethics Cases

What Are Physicians’ Responsibilities to Patients Whose Health Conditions Can Influence Their Legal Proceedings?
Commentary by David Beckmann
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How to Talk with Patients about Incarceration and Health
Commentary by Kimberly Sue
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How Should a Health Care Professional Respond to an Incarcerated Patient’s Request for a Particular Treatment?
Commentary by Tom Peteet and Matt Tobey
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What Does Health Justice Look Like for People Returning from Incarceration?
Case and Commentary by Dr. Lisa Puglisi, Joseph P. Calderon, and Emily A. Wang
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Podcast

What Are Clinicians’ Responsibilities to Incarcerated Patients? An Interview with Troy Williams, Dan McGuire, and Lisa Puglisi Listen

The Code Says

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinions Related to Health Care for Incarcerated People
Annalise Norling
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Medical Education

Medicine and Mass Incarceration: Education and Advocacy in the New York City Jail System
Jonathan Giftos, Andreas Mitchell, and Ross MacDonald
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State of the Art and Science

Why It’s Inappropriate Not to Treat Incarcerated Patients with Opioid Agonist Therapy
Sarah E. Wakeman
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Swift and Certain, Proportionate and Consistent: Key Values of Urine Drug Test Consequences for Probationers
Amy B. Cadwallader
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Policy Forum

Surgery in Shackles: What Are Surgeons’ Obligations to Incarcerated Patients in the Operating Room?
Sara Scarlet and Elizabeth Dreesen
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Images of Healing and Learning

Hydrochlorothiazide
Artwork and caption by Satyajeet Roy
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About the Contributors
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