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Patient Rights

Informed Consent in a Dangerous Medical Resident Hours Study

Ruth Macklin | Posted 04.14.2016 | Home
Ruth Macklin

The study's goal -- seeing whether more patients die when residents get less sleep -- is ethically unacceptable because research has definitively shown that residents working very long shifts commit more medical errors than their well-rested counterparts.

How Having A Patient Advocate Can Save Your Life

Amanda Bradley | Posted 02.24.2017 | Home
Amanda Bradley

Here's the bad news: If you are old, a woman, or disabled, you are less likely to be trusted when you complain of extreme pain than if you were a young, able-bodied man. You're also more likely to be refused diagnostic testing when you report serious symptoms,

When Patients Design Their Own Medical Treatment

Posted 03.23.2015 | Home

Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News SAN FRANCISCO -- Rose Gutierrez has a big decision to make. Gutierrez, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last...

A Letter to Connecticut's Cassandra C.

Kayla Redig | Posted 03.14.2015 | Home
Kayla Redig

On Jan. 8 the Connecticut Supreme Court agreed with state officials that Cassandra C., a 17-year-old with Hodgkin lymphoma, should be compelled to und...

Texas Fetal Rights Case: Delayed Justice

Ruth Macklin | Posted 03.30.2014 | Home
Ruth Macklin

Although this case was resolved satisfactorily -- probably not soon enough for the distraught family -- a question remains about the ethics of the Texas law.

Michigan Welfare Drug Testing Law Needs Medical Marihuana Exemption

Michael Komorn | Posted 07.16.2013 | Detroit
Michael Komorn

With a goal to remove drug users and abusers from public assistance, lawmakers have potentially jeopardized the more than 120,000 medical marihuana patients in the state, some of whom rely on public assistance, disability and social security to survive.

Supreme Court Ruling Puts Onus on Communities, Residents and Juries

Michael Komorn | Posted 05.08.2013 | Detroit
Michael Komorn

In communities where dispensaries are working, what is the incentive to shut them down? Many have thrived and provide compassionate services to the sick, without incident and operating within municipal guidelines.

5 Steps To Building A Great Partnership With Your Doctor

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Home
Leana Wen, M.D.

You may be dissatisfied and frustrated by the way your medical care is today, but there is a way to make it better. You hold the key to transforming your health, beginning with establishing a solid partnership with your doctor.

Charges Against Medical Marijuana Doctor Raise a Lot of Questions

Michael Komorn | Posted 11.26.2012 | Detroit
Michael Komorn

No other prescription or diagnosis is as scrutinized as a medical marijuana recommendation, despite doctors being tasked with control, regulation and administering thousands of other substances throughout their careers.

'The Doctor Will Call You if Anything Is Wrong'

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 03.19.2012 | Home
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Sometimes the doctor will say "If you don't hear from me, everything is fine." Well, given the complexity and comprehensiveness of medical exams nowadays, that's probably not a good idea. And honestly, it's never been a good idea to assume no news is good news.

Washington Post's "Salon" Disaster and Health Care Reform

Craig Stoltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Craig Stoltz

The very people who are the ultimate beneficiaries or victims of health care reform are offered no seat at the table.

Unconscionable Policies, Dangerous Politics

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jodi Jacobson

It's one thing for private practitioners to decide not to offer certain services, birth control, for example. It's another to use tax dollars to impose religious principals that deny a specific service.