Some argue that good medicine depends on physicians having a wide discretionary space in which they can act on their consciences. Interestingly, those who are against conscientious objection in medicine make the exact opposite claim – giving physicians the freedom to act on their consciences will undermine good medicine. So who is right here?

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The percentage of outpatient medical visits that led to a benzodiazepine prescription doubled between 2003 and 2015, according to a study published Friday. And about half those prescriptions came from primary care physicians

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Even when she was gone, she was present in the patient sitting before me and in the way I was newly able to comfort and reassure her

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Moral Resilience

October 12, 2018

How to nagivate ethical complexity in clinical practice. In this video series, Our Cynda Rushton provides the guiding principles of moral resilience, and explores how they can be put into practice

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And patients are the worse off. Ed Silverman writes, Seeking to recover from sensational marketing scandals, GlaxoSmithKline did something unexpected five years ago — the company promised it would no longer pay doctors to promote its medicines, which had been a long-standing industry practice

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Procedures live on even after they’ve been proved ineffective. It can lead to harms and wasted resources

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For years the Food and Drug Administration has been trying to get doctors to quit prescribing codeine, an opioid painkiller, to children after getting their tonsils or adenoids out

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Our Travis Rieder shares his harrowing experience with opioid withdrawal and his difficulties in finding a clinician to help him safely navigate the process

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