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AMA Journal of Ethics. January 2018, Volume 20, Number 1

Ethics Poll

Clinicians’ Responsiveness to Violence

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

Poll Question

A patient confesses to his physician that he is struggling with insomnia and having violent thoughts about his ex-girlfriend, and he owns a gun. How should his physician respond?

Find a discussion of responses to this question in the January 2018 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics.

Poll Question

The mother of a patient (age 16) who is in the hospital after being violently sexually assaulted is pressuring the physician to perform a rape kit, even though the patient has said she doesn’t want one. Should the physician comply with the mother’s wishes?

Find a discussion of responses to this question in the January 2018 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics.

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