bioethics

The Pulse: For Overdose Patients, Does Privacy Apply?

Jun 23, 2016
Evelyn Simak / Creative Commons

The question of a patient’s privacy came up during this legislative session. Should the family members of a patient who has overdosed be notified about that patient’s hospital stay? It came up again after the shooting in Orlando: can doctors communicate with family or friends about a patient’s status if that patient is still unconscious? 

Should Unvaccinated Kids Stay Home?

Jan 28, 2014
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

That depends on your priorities. But first, here's what's at issue:

The Ethics of Preventative Medicine

Jan 27, 2014
Al Tomkins / Poynter

I just returned from a seminar for reporters on covering what may come next for the Affordable Care Act. One of the last sessions was a talk by prominent bioethicist Art Caplan, new head of the NYU Langone Medical Center's Division of Medical Ethics (you can read more his illustrious career here).

Future Docs 9: Teaching Medical Ethics

Apr 26, 2013
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Some of the toughest decisions any of us will ever make will take place in a doctor’s office. But before those decisions ever come up, doctors must often wrestle with the options themselves. And those options are growing more complicated every year. In this next to last episode in our series Future Docs, we ask how today’s medical students are learning to grapple with tomorrow’s ethical questions.