Ethics in Burn Care

Burn injuries present numerous clinical and ethical complexities for caregivers and patients. Discourse on ethical decision making in burn care tends to focus on a few topics, such as end-of-life practices and how to regard consent, refusal, and other expressions of autonomy following Dax Cowart’s case in 1973. The June 2018 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics will revisit these issues with new perspectives and also explore ethical questions including, but not limited to, expressions of bias in burn care settings, pain management, surgical education practices, the nature and scope of clinicians' roles in burn prevention, whether and when live donor grafts are appropriate, and how to prioritize and weigh values such as survival, function, and cosmesis.

Volume 20, Number 6: 525-605 Full Issue PDF