Several well-publicized episodes highlight the apparent lack of disclosure of conflicts of interest in medicine, but will disclosure laws fix the problem or add to the confusion?
Money received from industry by physicians who can influence medical practice by their research, opinions, or roles in decision-making bodies should be clearly and fully disclosed
While end-of-life decisions are not frequently encountered in day-to-day practice, rheumatologists should be familiar with the ethical challenges that may arise when caring for patients in the ICU
The role of the consulting physicians in the ICU, the concept of medical futility, and the management of complex patients when the goals of care may be changing.
The easy access to medical records stemming from technological advances has given rise to questions about the medical benefits to such easy access, questions now being explored by researchers in the U.S. and Europe.
As in science, medicine depends on honest and accurate observation, and not on confabulation of findings.
Dan Wallace’s reminiscence in “Three Giants of Immunology at USC” is fascinating and instructive.
Rheumatologists, as a group, tend to be detail oriented, critical thinkers with strong opinions, and these same characteristics make them extremely rigorous as grant reviewers.
Your patient is deciding whether to enroll in a clinical trial at your institution and wants your advice about whether to participate.
We received a few letters in response to the December 2011 Ethics Forum, which asked the question: What is your personal policy about accepting gifts?