Ethics Talk: What Are Clinicians’ Responsibilities to Incarcerated Patients?


Clinicians have an ethical obligation to provide high-quality care to incarcerated and justice-involved patients, which means being knowledgeable and empathic about challenges these patients face. For a patient perspective, AMA Journal of Ethics editor Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux talks with Troy Williams about what it’s like to seek medical care in a prison. We also discuss the benefits of incorporating correctional health care into medical education with Dan McGuire, a physician assistant student. Finally, we turn to Dr. Lisa Puglisi for practical strategies primary care clinicians can use in caring for patients transitioning back to communities.