December 26, 2016
(Medscape) – Every day, physicians grapple with wrenching life-and-death decisions. They often must weigh many factors (some conflicting), such as patient wishes, laws, right and wrong, one’s sense of duty… There are enough shades of gray such that the best course of action may not be obvious—and often there is no optimal course of action at all. Medscape’s Ethics Report premiered in 2010. Here, in our fourth report, more than 7500 physicians from more than 25 specialties shared their often clashing views on issues about life, death, and patient suffering, with some notable shifts in attitude over the years.
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