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Virtual Ethics Consultation: A Digital Approach

Today, tough choice healthcare ethics dilemmas are discussed by patients, their loved ones and health care professionals. These discussions are about the care and treatment plan of the patient based on their values. Most often these discussions and decisions have been held in person. As healthcare moves to virtual care, especially in our current COVID19 […]

COVID-19: The Ethical Landscape

On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, pointing to the over 118,000 cases of the coronavirus illness in over 110 countries and territories around the world and the sustained risk of further global spread. To discuss some of the ethical issues regarding COVID-19 we are joined by Dr. Ken Iserson […]

Portland Street Medicine: A Local Picture

Street Medicine is local and international. In this second episode on Street Medicine we hear about health care leaders in Portland, Oregon responding to the needs in their community. The challenge? Nationally, Oregon has the fourth highest rate of homelessness and the second highest rate of families without shelter. In recent years Portland’s chronic homelessness […]

Undocumented Patients: Two Journeys

We hear many stories these days about immigration. Certainly, healthcare workers see undocumented individuals in Emergency Rooms or clinics. What is that experience like of being undocumented and needing healthcare? What would be helpful for clinicians to know? Does healthcare ethics have something to say on this topic? Today we hear from two healthcare leaders […]

End of Life Disparities: The African American Community

Health disparities and health outcomes for African Americans, is egregious… Regarding pain medication, a 2019 published article offered that the pain of African Americans is systematically under-diagnosed and under-treated Our guests today will offer stories and discuss insights on end of life care in the African American community. Our guests in this episode include: Patrick […]

HIV Disclosure: New Ethical Approaches

New research findings regarding HIV status will impact how we understand and practice disclosure of HIV status of patients… specifically whether or not to disclose a sick patients’ HIV serostatus to their family or partner. The new research demonstrates that when an HIV-positive person sticks to their treatment, their HIV is undetectable and untransmittable (U=U). […]