Physicians Are Talking About...

 
 
  • Is It Ever Ethical to Participate in a Prison Execution? Readers debate the myriad ethical questions raised by participation in a prison execution.
  • Is Random Drug Testing in Physicians' Future? Doctors who practice under the influence of drugs or alcohol risk endangering their patients. Should physicians be required to undergo random drug testing?
  • Why Do Depressed Doctors Suffer in Silence? Doctors suffer from depression for many of the same reasons as the general public. There are also unique factors to their depression. Do doctors seek professional help when they are depressed?
  • Physicians React: Life After a Lawsuit Many doctors who get sued experience emotional stress that lasts a lifetime. A recent Medscape article featuring five doctors who were sued prompted a lively discussion among our readers.
  • What It's Like to Be Sued A lawsuit, merited or not, is an inescapable black cloud hanging over the physician's head.
  • The Ethics of Cherry-Picking Patients Is it reasonable to be selective, or does it suggest a loss of compassion?
  • Music in the OR: Turn It Up, or Turn It Off? Surgeons, anesthesiologists, and surgical nurses are divided on whether music enhances the operating room ambience or poses a patient safety risk.
  • The Ban on Order Texting: Two Sides of the Issue Is the ban on order texting valid or not? Should physicians and nurses send and receive patient orders by text? Many have an opinion.
  • Considering Dating a Patient? Proceed With Caution Most doctors consider it foolhardy to initiate a romantic relationship with a patient, for a number of reasons. But more and more of their colleagues think it's acceptable under certain circumstances.
  • A Wiser Way to Use Facebook A diverse group of healthcare professionals expresses opinions about the role of Facebook in health and medicine.
  • Should Doctors Lie to Protect a Colleague? A retired surgeon recently admitted he wasn't truthful under oath 15 years ago in a case involving his colleague. Was his behavior typical for physicians? Was it justifiable? Our readers weigh in.
  • Keeping 'Mum' About Mistakes In a recent survey, a significant number of physicians said they wouldn't necessarily reveal mistakes to patients. What do their peers think?
  • Take This Oath and…Keep It? Despite empty promises and questionable modern relevance, most physicians aren't ready to say goodbye to the Hippocratic Oath.
  • Shouldn't Patients Be More Responsible for Their Outcomes? Because physicians are likely to have a portion of their pay tied to patient outcomes, many doctors feel that patients should bear more responsibility for their own health.
  • Gatekeepers of the Medical Office When those who are manning the phones only frustrate patients on the other end of the line, perhaps a little customer service training is called for.
  • Arf! Here Comes Fido Into Your Office There are occasions when a patient can bring a dog -- or even a small horse -- on a doctor visit, with the full protection of the law. Is this bad idea, or no big deal? See what your colleagues think.
  • Should You Testify Against a Colleague? Like most difficult issues, both professional and personal, the answer to the question about testifying against a colleague is more gray than black and white.
  • Can Losing a Malpractice Suit Cost You Your House? Many doctors fear that if they are sued for malpractice and lose their case in court, they could lose their greatest personal asset--their house. But is it true? See what your colleagues think.
  • How Much Is that Kidney in the Window? Physicians debate the idea of selling living-donor kidneys in the United States. Good idea, or Pandora's box?
  • Are No-Shows Harming Your Practice? Here's Help Getting patients to keep their appointments can be frustrating. Many practices are using technology to keep patients punctual. What works? What doesn't? See what your colleagues think.
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