You have set up a new practice in an urban area where there is considerable competition for patients. It has been slow going attracting new patients, and your business manager recommends that you solicit testimonials from current patients and post them on the practice Web site. Will you follow his advice?
You are a psychiatrist in a community mental health center. You have been treating a patient with schizophrenia for several years. The patient attends an evangelical Christian church and for the most part his religious involvement has served as a positive coping mechanism. During a routine session, the patient asks if you will pray with him for strength to resist the devil. Do you pray?
Two years ago, Psychiatric Times conducted a survey—constructed by ethicist and Editorial Board Member, Dr Cynthia Geppert—that included a series of questions about ethical dilemmas psychiatrists encounter in daily practice. That survey turned out to be the biggest ever of its kind. The goal was to go beyond ethical lessons to learn how Psychiatric Times’ readers—who are on the front line of psychiatric practice—handle a series of hypothetical ethical scenarios.
Dr Geppert has developed a new series of ethicalscenarios and invites you to share your perspective on these vexing—and all-too-common—situations. Results of the new survey will be reported in the aggregate soon.
Thanks for your participation!