How diseases get defined and why it matters
What’s in a name? A lot, in fact. Explore examples of how naming in health care can affect treatments, payment and the patient experience.
How health care myths can hurt patients
The online mountain of health content hasn’t put a damper on the proliferation of false beliefs. What should physicians do to stem the tide of medical myths?
Examining the ethics of what’s on your patients’ dinner table
Complex ethical issues surround food systems, which affect nutrition and health outcomes. Learn more about these ethical issues and the physician’s role.
Pediatricians must address adverse outcomes with compassion, resolve
Iatrogenic outcomes are particularly fraught in pediatrics, due to children’s inherent vulnerability as patients who typically lack decision-making authority.
Your patient’s asking about her 23andMe results. Now what?
This is one of the new ethical questions arising in the age of precision health. Find out more about ethical dimensions of genetic testing, gene editing and more.
Untangling the medical ethics of prescribing opioids
Patient-centered decision-making can help physicians resolve ethical issues in pain management that arise when prescribing opioids or treating substance-use disorder.
End-of-life care: What’s the physician role in healthy dying?
Advanced-care planning, organ donation after circulatory death and the medicalization of death are just a few of the salient ethical issues in end-of-life care. Find out more.
What role should religion and spirituality play in patient care?
Responding to patients’ prayer requests and navigating conflicts with faith-based institutional values are among many ethical questions facing physicians.
The physician’s role in providing individualized burn care
Burn wounds require long courses of treatment, healing time, and repetition of procedures can result in extreme distress if pain control is inappropriate.