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Medical Ethics Advisor – September 1, 2009

September 1, 2009

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  • Undocumented immigrant patients in LT-care present challenges to hospitals

    A recent jury verdict in Florida may provide support for hospitals considering sending long-term, high-cost patients back to their home countries.
  • The ethics of saying no to patients

    The American Medical Association's policy in Opinion 2.035 on Futile Care clearly states: "Physicians are not ethically obligated to deliver care that, in their best professional judgment, will not have a reasonable chance of benefiting their patients. Patients should not be given treatments simply because they demand them. . . ."
  • Alzheimer's group supports principles for dignity

    In an effort to improve the physician-patient dialogue for patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, the Alzheimer's Association suggests that physicians keep in mind its Principles for a Dignified Diagnosis.
  • Practice guidelines needed for MCI diagnosis

    According to a recent survey of neurologists, "clinicians vary greatly in the education and support they provide or recommend for people with MCI [mild cognitive impairment], suggesting that there is a need for practice guidelines in this area."
  • Zen Buddhist chaplains practice not knowing

    In an unusual pairing, Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City has teamed with the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care to apply the approaches of its Zen Buddhist chaplains to the anxieties and pains spiritual or physical of hospital patients.
  • News Briefs

    The Joint Commission (TJC) is launching a national campaign to help parents make a difference in their children's lives by being actively engaged when their children receive health care.