Unconscious, unacknowledged thoughts and feelings may interfere with fair and objective evaluations of different groups of people.
Managing conflict of interest enables the medical profession to avoid bias in the delivery of patient care while allowing for reasonable financial relationships with industry.
Physicians must be open about secondary interests such as financial gain that have the potential to bias their clinical judgment.
The issue of aging physicians poses serious challenges to the medical profession, with concerns that judgment or skills might decline with age.
As opioid overprescribing is a key contributor to the current opioid crisis, implementing appropriate prescribing strategies in medical education may prepare future physicians to appropriately and ethically prescribe opioids.
A call to action suggests cancer care should include interventions that help patients change how they think of their cancer and its treatment course.
Patients with cancer will eventually have to cope with unique feelings of loss. The loss of their future life plans. Fernweh, a German that means farsickness, may explain those feelings.
Gratitude may be a valuable tool that helps clinicians to develop “moral clarity” by improving the quality of their thought processes.
Benjamin Frush MD, a resident in internal medicine-pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, argues in favor of a role that physicians can play in integrating religion into their clinical practice. Rob Poole MB, FRCPsych, contends that physicians should never incorporate a religious element into clinical practice.
Predictive analytics could improve care, but also compromise a physician’s ability to act in a patient’s best interest