In recent decades, there has been a substantial growth in influence in medical ethics that emphasizes patient autonomy, but unfortunately also can lead to erosion of the authority and responsibility of the physician. This issue of Psychiatric Annals explores the possibility of establishing an alternative system of scientific bioethics that can incorporate knowledge derived from clinical experience.
HOW TO OBTAIN CME CREDITS BY READING THIS ISSUE
The following articles and tests are designed to provide psychiatrists with continuing medical education opportunities. Category 1 credits can be earned by reading the material and successfully answering the quiz at the end of this issue. Complete instructions are given on the quiz pages at the back of the issue.
To assist you in studying the material, the Pre-Test below indicates some of the areas to be covered, and will enable you to challenge your present knowledge of these subjects before reading further.
1. Recently, medical ethics has stressed the importance of:
A. Patient compliance.
B. Patient selection.
C. Patient autonomy
D. Patient best interest.
2. Medical paternalism is defined as:
A. Treating the patient in his/her best interest.
B. Treating the patient according to his/her wishes.
C. Treating the patient in his/her best interest with his/her consent.
D. Treating the patient in his/her best interest against his/her will.
3. All of the following statements on psychiatric witnesses are true except:
A. They always disagree on the diagnosis.
B. They have been charged with being unscientific.
C. They arrive at an opinion which is an inductive conclusion.
D. They perform an evaluation which is framed by the question that they are trying to answer.