Public Involvement in Medical Ethics: A Model for Government Action
Abram, Morris B.
Wolf, Susan M.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1984 Mar 8; 310(10): 627-632.
The demise of the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research has renewed interest in the proper role of government in medical ethics and in possible mechanisms for the fulfillment of that role. Abrams, who chaired the President's Commission, and Wolf reject two proposed alternatives to the commission method. They foresee the risk of bureaucratization and politicization of a medical ethics panel within the Office of Technology Assessment, and the danger of medical domination of a panel within the Institute of Medicine. They argue instead for government support of private endeavors in medical ethics, to be supplemented by ad hoc advisory commissions. (KIE abstract)
Advisory Committees; Alternatives; Behavioral Research; Bioethics; Communication; Decision Making; Ethics; Federal Government; Government; Government Regulation; Interdisciplinary Communication; Medical Ethics; Medicine; Public Participation; Public Policy; Regulation; Research; Risk; Technology; Technology Assessment;
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