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Medical Ethics Advisor – April 1, 2010

April 1, 2010

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  • ASBH task force develops revision to the core competencies

    The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities voted in 2006 to create a task force to revise the core competencies expected for those who perform ethics consults and for ethics consult services.
  • ACP paper: Strategies to address patient caregivers

    Acknowledging, respecting, and accommodating the role of the patient caregiver in physician-patient relationships was the impetus for a position paper published earlier this year by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and developed by its Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee.
  • EOL video studied with cancer patients

    The latest in a series of papers published by researchers led by Angelo Volandes, MD, MPH, instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and documentary filmmaker, looked at the use of a video depicting real-life cardiopulmonary resuscitation, as well as other life-sustaining treatments often faced by patients at the end of life.
  • ASRM ethics chair on posthumous gamete retrieval

    Recent reports that a Texas woman had her son's sperm retrieved following his unexpected death made headlines, while the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is in the process of updating its ethics policy on "posthumous donation" of germ cells using either eggs or sperm.
  • Disclosure of error taps 'very deep cultural norms'

    [Editor's note: This is a continuation of Medical Ethics Advisor's March coverage of disclosure of medical errors and apologizing for errors in the March issue.]
  • NIH to create Genetic Testing Registry

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced on March 18 that it is creating a public database that researchers, consumers, health care providers, and others can search for information submitted voluntarily by genetic test providers.