Ethics Manual 6th Edition

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Edited by Lois Snyder, JD

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The American College of Physicians' Ethics Manual is designed to help facilitate the process of making ethical decisions in clinical practice and medical research. Some aspects of medicine are fundamental and timeless. Medical practice, however, does not stand still. The sixth edition of the Ethics Manual examines emerging issues in medical ethics faced by internists and their patients and revisits older issues that are still very pertinent. The distinction and potential conflicts between legal and ethical obligations when making clinical decisions are discussed.

New or expanded sections have been added on treatment without interpersonal contact; confidentiality and electronic health records; therapeutic nondisclosure; genetic testing; health system catastrophes; caring for oneself, persons with whom the physician has a prior nonprofessional relationship, and very important persons (VIPs); boundaries and privacy; social media and online professionalism; physician-industry relations; interrogation; cross-cultural efficacy, cultural humility, and physician volunteerism; attending physicians and physicians-in-training; consultation, shared care, and the patient-centered medical home; protection of human subjects; use of human biological materials and research; placebo controls; scientific publication; and sponsored research. Also included is a case method for ethics decision making, which outlines steps physicians can take in resolving ethical dilemmas.

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  • Product #330310100
  • 70 pages, 2012, softcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-934465-98-1

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Table of Contents

The Physician and the Patient

  • Initiating and Discontinuing the Patient-Physician Relationship
  • Third-Party Evaluations
  • Confidentiality
  • The Medical Record
  • Disclosure
  • Informed Decision Making and Consent
  • Decisions About Reproduction
  • Genetic Testing, Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Medical Risk to Physician and Patient
  • The Patient-Physician Relationship and Health System Catastrophes
  • Complementary and Alternative Care
  • Disability Certification
  • Providing Medical Care to One's Self; Persons With Whom the Physician Has a Prior, Nonprofessional Relationship; and VIPs
  • Sexual Contact between Physician and Patient
  • Boundaries and Privacy
  • Gifts from Patients
Care of Patients Near the End of Life
  • Palliative Care
  • Making Decisions Near the End of Life
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Withdrawing or Withholding Treatment
  • Artificial Nutrition and Hydration
  • Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders
  • "Futile" Treatments
  • Determination of Death
  • Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
  • Disorders of Consciousness
  • Solid Organ Transplantation
The Ethics of Practice
  • The Changing Practice Environment
  • Financial Arrangements
  • Financial Conflicts of Interest
  • Advertising
The Physician and Society
  • Obligations of the Physician to Society
  • Resource Allocation
  • Relation of the Physician to Government
  • Cross-Cultural Efficacy, Cultural Humility, and Volunteerism
  • Ethics Committees and Consultants
  • Medicine and the Law
  • Expert Witnesses
  • Strikes and Other Joint Actions by Physicians
The Physician's Relationship to Other Clinicians
  • Attending Physicians and Physicians-in-Training
  • Consultation and Shared Care
  • The Impaired Physician
  • Peer Review
  • Conflicts Among Members of a Health Care Team
  • Protection of Human Subjects
  • Use of Human Biological Materials in Research
  • Placebo Controls
  • Innovative Medical Therapies
  • Scientific Publication
  • Sponsored Research
  • Public Announcement of Research Discoveries

Appendix: A Case Method to Assist Clinical Ethics Decision Making


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