Ethical practice

July/August 2019 Issue
How to Identify, Understand, and Unlearn Implicit Bias in Patient Care [Feature]

Taking steps to recognize and correct unconscious assumptions toward groups can promote health equity.

September/October 2018 Issue
The Case for Medical Chaperones [Opinion]

It's time for more discussion about how best to incorporate chaperones in primary care.

January/February 2018 Issue
Is It Ethical to Accept Gifts From Patients? [The Last Word]

To make the right decision, first consider the patient’s motives.

July/August 2017 Issue
The Ethics of Caring for Friends or Family [The Last Word]

When should you say no?

September/October 2012 Issue
Rationing Time [Opinion]

We decry rationing care, yet we ration our time every day.

Jul-Aug 2008 Issue
Paging Dr. Colombo: When Physicians Become Instruments of the Law [Opinion]

What do you do when the law and your Hippocratic Oath come into conflict?

Apr 2008 Issue
What You Need to Know When Called Upon to Be a Good Samaritan [Feature]

Understanding your legal protections and ethical obligations can make it easier to respond when duty calls.

Apr 2005 Issue
The Ethics of Alternative Medicine: An Alternative Standard? [Editorial]

Let’s do more soul-searching before we advise patients about untested alternative therapies.We would not place our patients on methotrexate before learning that it was safe and effective. Let’s not give them magnetic treatments without the same standard.

Mar 2005 Issue
Should You Treat Yourself, Family or Friends? [Feature]

It boils down to a personal decision in most situations.

Nov-Dec 2002 Issue
How to Cope If You Feel Attracted to a Patient [Balancing Act]

The author, a clinical psychologist, describes how physician burnout can manifest in being attracted to a patient and what can be done about it.

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