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Inquiry for school paper: 1. What are your professional ethics? 2. What ethical dilemmas do you face in the work place?

Inquiry for school paper:


1.  What are your professional ethics?
 2.  What ethical dilemmas do you face in the work place?

Need more space: Professional ethics in medicine? This is a topic that needs days to discuss, not 400 characters. At times we face ethical dilemas, again can't be explained in this tiny box. I suggest talking to your family, friends, local physicians--look for retired physicians and nurses who will have more time to talk to you so that you can write a nice paper. Good luck. ...Read more

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Healthcare (Definition)

Healthcare is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in humans. Health care is delivered by practitioners in medicine, chiropractic, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, allied health, and other care providers. It refers to the work done in providing primary care, secondary care and tertiary care, as well ...Read more


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1. What are your professional ethics? 2. What ethical dilemmas do you face in the work place?

1.  What are your professional ethics?
 2.  What ethical dilemmas do you face in the work place?

Medical ethics: This is a very broad subject. Here is the ama site on ethics http://www.Ama-assn.Org/ama/pub/physician-resources/medical-ethics/code-medical-ethics.Page the hippocratic oath is still a good guide : http://en.M.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/hippocratic_oath the types of ethical dilemmas we face can be extrapolated from the guidelines /some of my writing: http://brianlynchmd.Com/affectdying.Html. ...Read more

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Is it legal and/or ethical for a doctor's office to have a wall of political propaganda in the waiting room?

Is it legal and/or ethical for a doctor's office to have a wall of political propaganda in the waiting room?

It's legal: I agree. Unless the doctor works for the va/goverment office, it's legal for him/her to decorate whatever he wants in his own medical facility. That being said, it's unprofessional and could make patients uneasy. Politics and religion can evoke very strong feeling in people and it's best to leave those outside a medical office. ...Read more

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What are the main legal and ethical problems that cardiologists face? As a student looking into the career, i want to know the main legal and ethical issues i would face going into this profession.

What are the main legal and ethical problems that cardiologists face? As a student looking into the career, i want to know the main legal and ethical issues i would face going into this profession.

Interesting question: The main legal issues are that heart patients can die suddenly and cardiologists may be blamed (and sued). "failure to diagnose an mi" is a major cause of malpractice. Ethical issues relate to insufficient donors for transplantation and end of life issues in chronic disease. ...Read more

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Can someone help explain what the National standards for culturally and linguistically appropriate services in healthcare & healthcare is? thanks!

Can someone help explain what the National standards for culturally and linguistically appropriate services in healthcare & healthcare is? thanks!

Go to a lawyer when : Sick! They should be able to help you. If a doctor cannot understand the language the patient is speaking it will be hard to deliver health care! Also, depending on the cultural group that the patient grew up in, different ideas are interpreted very differently and you have to be aware of them and take that into account. "hot diseases" and "cold diseases", etc. that is cultural awareness. ...Read more

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Is this a moral dilemma between patient autonomy and beneficence?

Is this a moral dilemma between patient autonomy and beneficence?

Sometimes: Autonomy means the patient can do whatever he or she wants. Beneficence means that a doctor or other professional is looking out for the patient's best interests. Some conflict examples: a patient may still choose to smoke (autonomy) even though he knows it's bad for him and his/her doctor has counseled him to quit (beneficence). ...Read more

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I am being harassed in my medical records. ...The secret insurance ones. Is there a way to correct the info? Why is this not covered by hippaa?

I am being harassed in my medical records. ...The secret insurance ones. Is there a way to correct the info? Why is this not covered by hippaa?

Secret Med Records: I am not sure what you mean by "harassed." is there an error in the records? Are you trying to get life insurance and there is a diagnosis that is denying you coverage? If so, then go to the doctor who made the error and ask them to help. In ga we have an insurance commissioner who can help get things done. See if your state has this office. There are no "secret" records. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is there gender bias in health care?

Is there gender bias in health care?

Sometimes: Sometimes certain diagnoses are applied to more women vs men, and problems can be missed because our index of suspicion may not be high enough. For instance, heart attack symptoms may differ in men vs women, but both genders will be just as sick. Some doctors may also assume that women are "hysterical" rather than understanding they may have a complicated health problem. We have a lot to learn. ...Read more

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In the field of medicine, what is informed consent?

In the field of medicine, what is informed consent?

Risks benefits: and alternatives of proposed treatment are discussed ...Read more

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What is the legal accountability of the ppo primary care? We don't need someone with preceived authority but with no real accountability to me. Accountability/liability and authority go hand in hand

What is the legal accountability of the ppo primary care? We don't need someone with preceived authority but with no real accountability to me.  Accountability/liability and authority go hand in hand

Please see below: Noted several of your posts. Sounds like u r pretty frustrated & angry. Perhaps at a provider &/or insurer. I'm not sure anything we can say here will help much. If ur issue is w a provider, i'd encourage u to try to work w them to clarify a poss misunderstanding. Or get a 2nd opinion. Dealing w an insurer can be more difficult & may require persistence. But try working w their cust svc. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the role of family physicians after health care reform passed?

What is the role  of family physicians after health care reform passed?

Family physicians: Family physicians in my opinion are the cornerstone to you health. In the healthcare reform they will have a greater role. However, keep in mind there will definitely be a shortage of doctors. ...Read more

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Is it legal for the nurses to give unsolicited medical advice or speak on behalf of the m.D. And intentionally mislead the patient?

Is it legal for the nurses to give unsolicited medical advice or speak on behalf of the m.D. And intentionally mislead the patient?

No: Nurses can relay the md's answers and obtain and gather info from the patient to relay back to md. They can give answers if it fits with established protocols (such as for upper resp infections or urinary tract infections). But seems unprofessional to offer unsolicited advice especially if not conveying the md's advice. ...Read more

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What is the consensus in the medical community about the validity and/or wisdom of the "DNAFit" genetic analyses?

What is the consensus in the medical community about the validity and/or wisdom of the "DNAFit" genetic analyses?

No consensus : This testing is too new for there to be any medical consensus opinion. However I don't believe you need sophisticated genetic testing to eat a healthy diet and plan an exercise program. I suspect the recommendation for most people is going to be a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables limited amounts of meat and reduced intake of refined carbohydrates ...Read more

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Is surrogacy legal and ethical everywhere?

I think so: Using a surrogate is fine anywhere in the U.S., i think. You should definitely use a lawyer and have a legal binding contract before you use a surrogate. ...Read more

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What would be the licensure requirement for mental health counseling in the state of california?

What would be the licensure requirement for mental health counseling in the state of california?

See web site below: For information about this, you can check http://www.Bbs.Ca.Gov/ this site is specifically about "counselors" like social workers, clinical counselors, etc. You can also check licensure for phd psychologists, and licensure for md's and do's who are psychiatrists. ...Read more

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What are the personal boundaries for therapist in a counselling relationship?

What are the personal boundaries for therapist in a counselling relationship?

Help the patient: The major concept is to keep the focus on the patient and avoid exploitation. Exploitation can include misuse of knowledge gained, abuse of power, sexual behavior. In exchange for the time of the therapy the therapist receives a fee as sole compensation. There should be no expectations of favoratism or gift or additional benefit. ...Read more

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Why is it necessary for special crews to "disinfect" aprtments,etc instead of quarantining the situation. This discredits the whole quarantine concept?

Why is it necessary for special crews to "disinfect" aprtments,etc instead of quarantining the situation. This discredits the whole quarantine concept?

Ebola Virus: The idea is that quarantine protects others from those that are being quarantined. For instance nine people are under 21 day quarantine in their homes in Connecticut. A police car is reportedly outside each home to ensure that the quarantine is obeyed. If a person under quarantine actually has Ebola - then decontamination teams need to then move in to remove possible contamination. The New York > ...Read more

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Why is it important for us to keep personal health records? Isnt that the doctors job?

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Why is it important for us to keep personal health records? Isnt that the doctors job?

Records : More than the doctor if you keep your medical records you will feel responsible for your health as well. Your doctor will keep your records neverthe less. ...Read more