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AMA Journal of Ethics. January 2018, Volume 20, Number 1: 1-111.

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Clinicians’ Responsiveness to Violence

Ethics Poll

Poll Question

A patient confesses to his physician that he is struggling with insomnia and having violent thoughts about his ex-girlfriend, and he owns a gun. How should his physician respond?

Find a discussion of responses to this question in the January 2018 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics.

Poll Question

The mother of a patient (age 16) who is in the hospital after being violently sexually assaulted is pressuring the physician to perform a rape kit, even though the patient has said she doesn’t want one. Should the physician comply with the mother’s wishes?

Find a discussion of responses to this question in the January 2018 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics.

Peer-Reviewed CME Articles

What If a Resident or Medical Student Is Raped? Hospitals’ and Academic Medical Centers’ Title IX Obligations
Melinda Manning
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Does Volk v DeMeerleer Conflict with the AMA Code of Medical Ethics on Breaching Patient Confidentiality to Protect Third Parties?
Jennifer L. Piel and Rejoice Opara
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Three Perspectives on Mental Health Told through StoryCorps’ “Liza Long and ‘Michael’”
Jessica C. Tomazic, Joy O. Ogunmuyiwa, and Gretchen A. Ferber
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From the Editor

Violence as a Public Health Crisis
Lilliana Freire-Vargas
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Ethics Cases

How Should Physicians Make Decisions about Mandatory Reporting When a Patient Might Become Violent?
Commentary by Amy Barnhorst, Garen Wintemute, and Marian E. Betz
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Should a Physician Comply with a Parent’s Demands for a Forensic Exam on a 16-Year-Old Trauma Patient?
Commentary by Michelle Bowdler and Hannah Kent
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Podcast

The Case for Thinking of Violence as a Contagion: An Interview with Dr. Gary Slutkin Listen

The Code Says

AMA Policies and AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinions Related to Responding to Violence
Danielle Hahn Chaet
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In the Literature

How the Health Sector Can Reduce Violence by Treating It as a Contagion
Gary Slutkin, Charles Ransford, and Daria Zvetina
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State of the Art and Science

Continuing Medical Education and Firearm Violence Counseling
Nicole D. Damari, Karan S. Ahluwalia, Anthony J. Viera, and Adam O. Goldstein
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Health Law

Law, Ethics, and Conversations between Physicians and Patients about Firearms in the Home
Alexander D. McCourt and Jon S. Vernick
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Policy Forum

Stop Posturing and Start Problem Solving: A Call for Research to Prevent Gun Violence
Kelsey Hills-Evans, Julian Mitton, and Chana A. Sacks
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What Should Be the Scope of Physicians’ Roles in Responding to Gun Violence?
Nora Jones, Jenny Nguyen, Nicolle K. Strand, and Kathleen Reeves
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Medicine and Society

Clinicians’ Need for an Ecological Approach to Violence Reduction
Bandy X. Lee and John L. Young
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Images of Healing and Learning

Vialation
Artwork and caption by Dino Maglić
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Medical Narrative

Smiles, Apologies, and Drawing Trauma-Informed Care in the PurpLE Clinic
Anita Ravi
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About the Contributors
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