Strube, P. (2019). Ethical issues of trust in clinical practice. Journal of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, 25(3), 133-135. Trust is a central tenet of the doctor-patient relationship. The article looks at the clinical practice as a series of interconnecting ethical relations, which contain the two dimensions of personal trust and system trust.
Mejia, J., Mejia, A., & Pestilli, F. (2019). Open data on industry payments to healthcare providers reveal potential hidden costs to the public. Nature Communications, 10(10), 4314. Healthcare companies provide payments to physicians for such activities as serving as a research investigator, consulting, or giving talks on behalf of the company. The authors of this study linked these payments with Medicare data and found that an increase in industry payments correlated to an increase in Medicare medical and drug costs.
Braveman, P., Kumanyika, S., Fielding, J., LaVeist, T., Borrell, L., Manderschied, R., & Troutman, A. (2011). Health disparities and heal equity: The issue is justice. American Journal of Public Health, 101(S1), S149-S155. Health disparity is among the top ethics concerns for healthcare. Many parts of the country do not have access to high quality care, and a large portion of the population simply cannot afford it. This article discusses the context of health disparities in the United States.
Crowden, A. (2010). Virtue ethics and rural professional healthcare roles. Rural Society, 20(1), 64-75. Rural healthcare suffers from several ethical concerns. A lack of specialized care, geographical distance to providers, and a lower level of wealth among the general population make obtaining care a challenge. This paper presents the argument for a virtue ethics framework for health professionals to utilize in developing practical solutions.
Humphreys, K. (2018). Reconciling the present and the future in opioid prescription policy: An ethical dilemma. Pain Medicine, 19(8), 1514-1515. Opioid abuse has stemmed from overprescribing opioids as pain prevention and pain maintenance. This editorial address three strategies for mitigating the ethical dilemma of the need for the use of opioids with the problems they can cause.
Hem, M., Peerson, R., Norvoll, R., & Molewijk, B. (2015). Evaluating clinical ethics support in mental healthcare: A systematic literature review. Nursing Ethics, 22(4), 452-466. Mental health care presents a unique set of challenges in terms of ethics. In addition to those seen in physical healthcare, mental healthcare suffers from lack of understanding among providers and the continued presence of a stigma when needing mental healthcare. This article presents a systematic literature review of clinical ethics support services in mental healthcare.
Spike, J. (2012). Ethics consultation process. In D. Hester & T. Schonfeld (Eds.), Guidance for healthcare ethics committees (pp. 41-48). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. This chapter provides a review of a typical ethics committee consult. The process is depicted as a series of steps and why they are important against the backdrop of a hypothetical case.
Alice, G., Marianne, L., Sandra, M., & Linda, T. (2011). Barriers and facilitators to consulting hospital ethics committees. Nursing Ethics, 6, 667. Many hospitals in most countries maintain an ethics committee. However, little research exists on their efficacy. This article describes a study where clinicians were interviewed regarding their perceptions on the use of ethics committees.