Ethics and Professionalism

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Presidential Address: The Ethics of Expediency
May-June 2009

Socioeconomic pressures on medicine have redefined traditional relationships between physicians and patients, researchers and regulatory bodies, and consultants and device companies. Physicians are disheartened that the public perception of medicine, reinforced by the media, is often negative. 

Source: Literature
Ethics and Professionalism for Hand Surgeons
September 2010

Beyond the precept of “first, do no harm,” our ethical code dictates that we place the welfare of those in our charge beyond all other concerns. Our commitment to professionalism ensures that we perform our duties in a mindful, respectful manner that takes into account both the physical and the psychosocial manifestations of disease. 

Source: Literature
Current Issues in the Physician–Patient Relationship
December 2010

This review is one of a series of articles reflecting the sections of the Code of Ethics of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. The physician–patient relationship has been subjected to numerous stressors over the past several decades.

Source: Ethics and Professionalism Committee
Decency, Honor, Integrity, and the Law

In its guidelines for hand care professionals, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand has set the following criteria as guidelines for the ethical hand surgeon in the 21st century: decency, honor, and integrity.

Source: Ethics and Professionalism Committee
Conflicts of Interest With the Hand Surgeon’s Relationship With Industry
January 2012

Many advances in hand surgery have been supported and enabled by the integral relationship that exists between the profession of hand surgery and industry. This relationship takes many forms, including medical education, development of new technology and methodology, research, and opportunities for patient education.

Source: Ethics and Professionalism Committee
RF E‐POSTER 19: Prescription Opioid Abuse: A Review of Clinical Practice in Hand Surgery
October 2013

Post operative analgesia plays an important role in the management of out-patient hand procedures (1,2,3). Unfortunately, there has been a rise in prescription opioid abuse in North America (4) and as such prescribing practices need to be scrutinized. The goal of this study was to review patterns of opioid prescription in an elective ambulatory hand surgery practice and to identify if patient, anesthetic or surgical factors influenced prescribing patterns. 

Source: Ethics and Professionalism Committee
Are We Prescribing Our Patients Too Much Pain Medication?
September 21, 2016
Physicians play a role in the current prescription drug-abuse epidemic. Surgeons often prescribe more postoperative narcotic pain medication than patients routinely need. Although narcotics are effective for severe, acute, postoperative pain, few evidence-based guidelines exist regarding the routinely required amount and duration of use post-hospital discharge.
Source: Ethics and Professionalism Committee
Use of Opioids in Hand Surgery
October 2009
Source: Ethics and Professionalism Committee
Standard of Care for Hand Trauma: Where Should We Be Going?
September 2008
Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, an unfunded mandate for emergency hospital physician coverage, combined with falling reimbursement and escalating medico-legal risk, has resulted in declining enthusiasm for specialty coverage to emergency rooms. 
Source: Ethics and Professionalism Committee
A New Professionalism? Surgical Residents, Duty Hours Restrictions, and Shift Transitions
October 2010

Some anticipated that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education duty hours restrictions would foster a team-focused “new professionalism” among residents. This study explores the prevalence and challenges of a new professionalism and whether they vary by program size.

Source: Ethics and Professionalism Committee
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