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The Program in Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Iowa Roy and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, in cooperation with the College of Nursing, will host its 4th Annual Ethicsin Healthcare Conference on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF)...
Do surgeons and patients/parents value shared decision-making in pediatric surgery? Shared decision-making (SDM) is touted as the preferred approach to clinical counseling. However, few data exist regarding whether patients prefer SDM over surgeon-guided discussions for complex surgical decision-...
On May 18th, the Program in Bioethics and Humanities hosted its 3rd annual Ethics in Healthcare conference on the campus of the Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City. We were delighted to host professionals from throughout the state of Iowa, as well as some from the states of Illinois and...
Patients with co-existing cancer and mental illness must be given special attention due to the vulnerability that is created by their compromised psychological ability to comprehend the meaning of their cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. They are at increased risk for mortality due to many...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance on the use of "electronic informed consent" (eIC) in FDA-regulated clinical trials of medical products, including drugs and biological products, medical devices, and combinations of those products for human use. As part of an...
The UIHC Ethics Consult Service officially started on June 2, 2014. The Service is a resource for patients, family members, or health professionals at UIHC who would like help addressing an ethical question or issue related to a patient's care. During the first year of the Service, there were a...
Marc Polacco, a recent graduate of the Carver College of Medicine, and his colleagues administered an anonymous online survey of medical students, interns, and faculty to examine self-reported adherence to hand hygiene opportunities. They found variation in self-reported adherence ranged from...
The aim of this study was to test the separate effectiveness of interactivity and multimedia at improving participant understanding and confidence in understanding of informed consent compared with a standard, face-to-face biobank consent process. A 2 (face-to-face versus multimedia) x 2 (standard...
The UIHC Ethics Consult Service is a resource for patients, family members, or health professionals at UIHC who would like help addressing an ethical question or problem related to a patient's care. An Ethics Consult involves trained ethics consultants who respond to requests for help from...
The public’s voice has been nearly absent in discussions on managing genomic incidental findings. This article by a team of University of Iowa researchers, including Dr. Simon of the Program of Bioethics and Humanities, reports on nine focus groups and nine interviews (n =63) with a broad cross-...