Ethics Consultation Services Gains Accreditation as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Ethics Consultation Services, an organization directed by Dr. Henry Silverman, has been accredited as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET®). This organization successfully demonstrated our commitment to excellence in training and continuing education

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Second Thoughts of an Animal Researcher

A recent story in the New York Times revealed the reflections of a researcher who had performed experiments on animals.  Please click here for the story. An interesting quote from the article is as follows:

 “I know firsthand that “responsible” research is not enough.
What we really need to examine is the very moral ground of animal research itself.”

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Factors Related to Discordance About Prognosis Between Physicians and Surrogate Decision Makers

A recent article by Douglas White and colleagues determined the prevalence and factors related to discordance about prognosis between physicians and surrogates who are making decisions for critically ill patients (JAMA. 2016;315(19):2086-2094. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.5351).  It is commonly thought that the misperceptions about prognosis by such surrogates is often attributed to poor comprehension of information.  Physician-surrogate discordance about prognosis occurred in 53% of the cases. Among the surrogates who had beliefs about the prognosis that were more optimistic than that of the physician, the most common reasons for optimism included:  1)a need to maintain hope to benefit the patient; 2) a belief that the patient had unique strengths unknown to the physician; and religious belief that only God knew when the patient would die. Knowledge of these factors might enhance communications during family meetings.

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