"Doctor, Would You Prescribe a Pill to Help Me? "A National Survey of Physicians on Using Medicine for Human Enhancement"
Hotze, Timothy D
Anderson, Emily E
Wynia, Matthew K
The American journal of bioethics : AJOB 2011 Jan; 11(1): 3-13
Using medical advances to enhance human athletic, aesthetic, and cognitive performance, rather than to treat disease, has been controversial. Little is known about physicians' experiences, views, and attitudes in this regard. We surveyed a national sample of physicians to determine how often they prescribe enhancements, their views on using medicine for enhancement, and whether they would be willing to prescribe a series of potential interventions that might be considered enhancements. We find that many physicians occasionally prescribe enhancements, but doctors hold nuanced and ambiguous views of these issues. Most express concerns about the potential effects of enhancements on social equity, yet many also believe specific enhancements that are safe and effective should be available but not covered by insurance. These apparently contradictory views might reflect inherent tensions between the values of equity and liberty, which could make crafting coherent social policies on medical enhancements challenging.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Response to Open Peer Commentaries on "'Doctor, Would You Prescribe a Pill to Help Me? "A National Survey of Physicians on Using Medicine for Human Enhancement" Hotze, Timothy D; Shah, Kavita; Anderson, Emily E; Wynia, Matthew K (2011-01)
Dreams and Nightmares: Practical and Ethical Issues for Patients and Physicians Using Personal Health Records Wynia, Matthew; Dunn, Kyle (2010-03)Electronic health records for patients, personal health records (PHRs), have become increasingly popular among policy makers and purchasers, but uptake among patients and physicians has been relatively slow. PHRs have ...
Campbell, Eric G.; Regan, Susan; Gruen, Russell L.; Ferris, Timothy G.; Rao, Sowmya R.; Cleary, Paul D.; Blumenthal, David (2007-12-04)BACKGROUND: The prospect of improving care through increasing professionalism has been gaining momentum among physician organizations. Although there have been efforts to define and promote professionalism, few data are ...