Patients are typically the most vulnerable individuals in health care encounters, and this is a core reason to respect patients’ preferences. There are limits, however, to what clinicians should be expected to tolerate when patients’ preferences express unjust bias. Where those limits should be placed—and why—and who is obliged to enforce them in health care settings are ethical questions we investigate in this issue.
This issue considers the ethical complexities of responding to patients’ unjust bias in individual patient encounters and of responding to patients’ requests for certain types of patient-clinician concordance.
AMA J Ethics. 2019;21(6):E477-479. doi: