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Addressing Consent Issues in Donation After Circulatory Determination of Death

Given the widening gap between the number of individuals on transplant waiting lists and the availability of donated organs, as well as the recent plateau in donations based on neurological criteria (i.e., brain death), there has been a growing interest in expanding donation after circulatory determination of death. While the prevalence…

Who's your daddy? Study on genetic testing says parents don't need to know

As more research is done on the human genome and more people seek genetic testing, researchers, physicians, genetic counselors and ethicists are struggling with the issues of how to present the new information to patients and whether certain findings should be presented at all. A paper published Monday in the leading…

Give Clinicians Good Reasons to Call for Ethics Consults

The consensus is, “Ethics consults are useless.” “They never give us any answers.” “They always side with the family.” Clinicians often under-utilize ethics consults because they believe they’re unhelpful or overly time-consuming, says Autumn Fiester, PhD, director of the Clinical Ethics Mediation Program at University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine…