Ethics

The physician's ethical role in mental illness

The diagnosis and treatment of mental illness can raise a lot of ethical questions and concerns that challenge the patient-physician relationship. Focusing on minimizing stigma and communicating in ways that emphasize a patient’s strengths can help reinforce the patient-physician bond. But as physicians know, not all courses of treatment have the desired result.

The June issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics® explores some of the critical social, cultural and ethical dimensions of mental illness. Articles featured in this issue include:

In the journal’s June podcast, Srijan Sen, MD, an associate professor of psychiatry at University of Michigan Medical School, discusses how mental health care and medical culture can be changed to benefit medical trainees.

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