This article canvasses laws protecting clinicians’ conscience and focuses on dilemmas that occur when a clinician refuses to perform a procedure consistent with the standard of care. In particular, the article focuses on patients’ experience with a conscientiously objecting clinician at a secular institution, where patients are least likely to expect conscience-based care restrictions. After reviewing existing laws that protect clinicians’ conscience, the article discusses limited legal remedies available to patients.
Kogan, R., Kraschel, K. L., & Haupt, C. E. (2020, March 1). Which legal approaches help limit harms to patients from clinicians’ conscience-based refusals? AMA Journal of Ethics. American Medical Association. https://doi.org/10.1001/AMAJETHICS.2020.209
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