AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. June 2018, Volume 20, Number 6: 525-605.

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Ethics in Burn Care

Ethics Poll

Poll Question

A skin graft from a pediatric burn patient’s twin could improve outcomes but will cause pain, scarring, and other negative outcomes for the twin. Is it ethical to put the twin at risk to help her sister?

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

Poll Question

Is it appropriate to consider cosmetic outcomes during goals-of-care discussions for severely burned patients?

Find a discussion of this question in the June 2018 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics.

From the Editor

Opening Dialogue on Current Ethical Issues in Burn Care
Ashwath Gunasekar
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Ethics Cases

Is It Ethical to Treat Pain Differently in Children and Adults with Burns?
Commentary by Sharmila Dissanaike
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When Is It Appropriate to Put a Live Donor at Risk to Help Another Patient?
Commentary by Anjay Khandelwal
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Should Cosmetic Outcome Influence Discussions about Goals of Care for Severely Burned Patients?
Commentary by Yuk Ming Liu and Kathleen Skipton Romanowski
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Original Research

A Model to Improve Detection of Nonaccidental Pediatric Burns
Lauren C. Nigro, Michael J. Feldman, Robin L. Foster, and Andrea L. Pozez
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How to Help Burn Patients Survive and Thrive: An Interview with Dr. Monica Gerrek and Andrea RubinListen

Medical Education

Problems and Costs That Could Be Addressed by Improved Burn and Wound Care Training in Health Professions Education
Patrick T. Delaplain and Victor C. Joe
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Policy Forum

Defining Adequate Quality and Safety Metrics for Burn Care
Laura S. Johnson and Jeffrey W. Shupp
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Medicine and Society

Ethics of Burn Wound Care in a Low-Middle Income Country
Shelley Wall, Nikki Allorto, Ross Weale, Victor Kong, and Damian Clarke
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History of Medicine

Getting Past Dax
Monica L. Gerrek
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Personal Narrative

Ask Me about My Pearls: Burn Care, Ethics, and Creative Writing
Debra Ann Reilly and Steve Langan
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The Four-Quadrant Approach to Ethical Issues in Burn Care
Chad M. Teven and Lawrence J. Gottlieb
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About the Contributors
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