Margaret Little, PhD and Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MA, MD
Society is best served by an approach to conscience that combines a progressive understanding of patients’ needs, a nuanced determination of when those needs translate into claims, and a limited role for conscientious refusal.
Whether conditions are recognized as pathological can influence how symptoms get addressed and how treatments get reimbursed. When we choose to call something a disease, even our expressions of empathy towards individual patients can change.
AMA J Ethics. 2018;20(12):E1115-1118. doi: