Ethical Questions in Anesthesiology

In its nearly 170-year history in the US, anesthesiology has expanded far beyond the operating room into obstetrics, pain management, critical care, and the full range of perioperative care. The specialty’s growth has brought complex ethical questions with it. Contributors to the March issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics examine some of those concerns—the use of opioids and the effects of bias in pain treatment; challenges to interspecialty professionalism, particularly in operating room and critical care settings; and the ability of seriously ill patients to give fully informed consent to (or refusal of) extracorporeal life support.

Volume 17, Number 3: 191-286 Full Issue PDF