All articles by David Alfandre, MD, MSPH
Ethics consultants begin by identifying and clarifying the conflict to ensure it is related to ethics.
Surrogate decision makers for a patient are obligated to make health care decisions based on what the patient would have wanted if it is known.
Patients trust that what they tell their doctors will remain confidential, but under certain specific circumstances, the doctors may be obligated to breach that trust.
For many health care professionals, successfully managing uncertainty means recognizing that surety is complicated and illusory and knowledge is iterative and provisional rather than definitive.
Meeting public demand for an urgently needed effective medication quickly and safely during a pandemic involves difficult tradeoffs.