Case Studies

Clinical Ethics Dilemmas: Experiencing Differences Between European and American End-of-Life Care

 Editor’s Note: This column presents a problematic case that poses a medical-ethical dilemma for patients, families, and healthcare professionals.  As it is based on a real situation, some details have been changed in the effort to maintain confidentiality.  In this case, the medical community is unaware of the treatment plan recommended by a foreign physician.

Podcast Episode: 
175

Clinical Ethics Dilemmas: Capitulation to a Patient’s Demands

Editor’s Note: This column presents a problematic case that poses a medical-ethical dilemma for patients, families, and healthcare professionals. As it is based on a real case, some details have been changed in the effort to maintain patient confidentiality. The intent of this presentation is to offer ethical analysis and medical recommendations that are consistent with biblical principles. In this case, we explore the weakness of professional healthcare when the patient is demanding, the medical team has weak communication, and there is subsequent capitulation.

Podcast Episode: 
172

Clinical Ethics Dilemmas: How Does the Doctor Decide Between Cost and Care?

Column Editor’s note:  This column presents a problematic case that poses a medical-ethical dilemma for patients, families, and healthcare professionals.  As it is based on a real situation, some details have been changed in the effort to maintain confidentiality.  In this case, the community pediatric society struggles with appropriate pediatric care in the face of considerable financial constraints.

Column editor: 
Ferdinand D. (Nick) Yates, Jr., MD, MA, Acting Consultant in Clinical Ethics, CBHD

Podcast Episode: 
169

Adolescent Confidentially: An Uneasy Truce

 

Editor’s Note: This column presents a problematic case that poses a medical-ethical dilemma for patients, families, and healthcare professionals. As it is based on a real case, some details have been omitted in the effort to maintain patient confidentiality. In this case, the doctor discusses her experience from the retrospect of the unanswered question.

Column Editor: Ferdinand D. (Nick) Yates, MD, MA; Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, State University of New York at Buffalo

Podcast Episode: 
163

End-of-Life Care in the Long-Term Cancer Survivor

 

Podcast Episode: 
158

The Need to Know: Disclosure of Information to Pediatric Patients

 

Editor’s note: This column presents a problematic case that poses a medical-ethical dilemma for patients, families, and healthcare professionals. As it is based on a real case, some details have been omitted in the effort to maintain patient confidentiality. This case and discussion point out some of the complexities in treating the minor child. While agreeing with the recommendation, the editor’s comment reflects a different paradigm for approaching the issue of a requested confidentiality purposefully withholding information from the patient.

Podcast Episode: 
152

To Dialyze or Not to Dialyze

 
 
Podcast Episode: 
140

On the Permissibility of a DNR Order for Patient with Dismal Prognosis

Editor’s Note: The following consultation report is based on a real clinical dilemma that led to a request for an ethics consultation. Some details have been changed to preserve patient privacy. The goal of this column is to address ethical dilemmas faced by patients, families and healthcare professionals, offering careful analysis and recommendations that are consistent with biblical standards.

Podcast Episode: 
121

The Rights and Responsibilities of Pregnant Women

Editor’s Note: The goal of this column is to address ethical dilemmas faced by patients, families and healthcare professionals, offering careful analysis and recommendations that are consistent with biblical standards. The following ethical analysis is a commentary on a legal case that has caused some controversy in the clinical ethics community.

Column editor: Robert D. Orr, MD, CM, Consultant in Clinical Ethics, CBHD.

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Podcast Episode: 
106

Is It Permissible to Shut Off this Pacemaker?

The following consultation report is based on a real clinical dilemma that led to a request for an ethics consultation.  Some details have been changed to preserve patient privacy.  The goal of this column is to address ethical dilemmas faced by patients, families and healthcare professionals, offering careful analysis and recommendations that are consistent with biblical standards.  The format and length are intended to simulate an actual consultation report that might appear in a clinical record and are not i

Podcast Episode: 
83

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