Our death denying culture continues to send the message to mourners that the healthiness of an individual’s grief is to be measured by how quickly and proficiently the mourner “gets over” the loss and moves into a productive life. I remember a co-worker who was supported by our employer while her husband went through months of chemotherapy to fight cancer. Once her husband died and weeks passed, she was fired because of a lack of productivity.
The principles underpinning Islam’s ethical framework applied to routine clinical scenarios remain insufficiently understood by many clinicians, thereby unfortunately permitting the delivery of culturally insensitive healthcare. This paper summarises the foundations of the Islamic ethical theory, elucidating the principles and methodology employed by the Muslim jurist in deriving rulings in the field of medical ethics
Cultural acceptance of death remains perhaps the most significant challenge faced by palliative care practitioners today. How can we advance the science and optimise the use of palliative care services in a death-denying culture?
Two of the most ethically complex situations in pediatrics are those involving families whose religious beliefs preclude the provision of life-sustaining treatment and those involving young adults who have reached the age of legal majority and who face decisions about life-sustaining treatment.
According to Harvard and Georgetown University ethicists and academics, “pharmaceutical and medical device companies apply social psychology to influence physicians’ prescribing behavior and decision-making.” This is according to Sunita Sah and Adriane Fugh-Berman, authors of “Physicians Under the Influence: Social Psychology and Industry Marketing Strategies”, part of a symposium on institutional corruption and pharmaceutical policy in the forthcoming issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 2013: Vol. 14 (3).
A film night documenting hospice and palliative care will be held in London later this month, with the proceeds going to Joseph’s House in the United States.
Although use of hospice services continues to increase across the United States, with more than 1.5 million Americans receiving services in 2010, only 9% of hospice recipients are African American. In her article in the August 2013 issue of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Drisdom explored the barriers African Americans experience when using hospice care, including cultural and knowledge issues.
The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) has devoted a major section in its latest issue of Health Care Ethics USA to POLST.