Tag: medical ethics

Hospitals as a Safe Space for Opioid Injections?

Interesting opinion piece I came across in the NY Times regarding the promotion of safe injection sites in hospitals. In all honesty, I have the agree with the rationale behind this thought. As healthcare providers we can’t tell our patients to do something and expect them to follow through, particularly when battling addiction. What we […]

Roles and Responsibility, Where is the Line?

It’s been a pretty rough weekend, been feeling pretty sick, sore, stressed, and have had no energy to do anything. Finally today, I have some strength to focus on things and hopefully try to be productive for the busy week I have coming up. A few days ago a close friend sent me a link […]

Are there any moral principles a health care professional should never violate?

On a regular basis, healthcare professionals are confronted with ethical dilemmas in their practice. Hence, ethical problem solving requires the application of a variety of ethical rules and principles in specific situations[1]. Although ethical theories largely differ from one another, certain ethical principles appear consistently in the realm of bioethics. Thereby, respect for individual autonomy […]

‘Does the fetus have any moral claims which could limit a pregnant woman’s freedom to abort?

  For such a “simple, routine and frequently performed operation,” the topic of abortion has been one of the most controversial procedures of our time (Jackson, 2001, p 72). Abortion is “the destruction of life after conception and before birth’,” and is bounded between non-conception at one end and infanticide at the other (Glover, 1977, […]

Ethical Proponents of Patient End-of-Life Decision Making Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Techniques

Major medical advancements have revolutionized the field of medicine in recent years, including procedures such as the one undertaken by Dr. Adrian Owen and his research team regarding the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to detect levels of consciousness in permanently vegetative state (PVS) patients. Similar to other medical interventions, this technique has […]

Perceptions of Mental Illness.

I recently had a conversation with a close friend on the topic of mental illness, someone who had been tentatively diagnosed as having depression and anxiety. Upon their diagnoses and winding down from the emotional medical appointment their perception of the diagnoses began to drastically change. They felt that they were seen as “weak” or […]