AMA Journal of Ethics®

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Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. December 2017, Volume 19, Number 12

Ethics Poll

Health Care Ethics and Professionalism in the Era of Climate Change

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

Poll Question

A family medicine physician is concerned about rising rates of respiratory illness in his community, which is adjacent to a coal-burning power plant. Is it ethical for the physician to counsel individual patients about the power plant’s potential impact on their health?

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

Poll Question

A patient expresses concern about the environmental impact of a possible third pregnancy. How should her physician respond?

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

Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of AMA Journal of Ethics readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.