Cynthia M.A. Geppert, MD, MA, MPH, MSBE, DPS


Case Report: Drinking, Decisional Capacity, and Death

July 11, 2014

Severe alcohol dependence and frequent relapses in this patient prompts his son to produce a durable power of attorney for health care. He demands that the physicians declare his father to lack decision-making capacity. More in this ethics case report.

Introduction: The Brave New World of Psychiatric Ethics

March 12, 2014

The universe of psychiatric ethics has dramatically expanded. Let us boldly go together where psychiatric ethics has never gone before!

The Moral Struggles of Practicing Psychiatrists

May 14, 2013

How often are you confronted with an ethical dilemma in your clinical practice? How comfortable-and how prepared-are you to deal with these issues? Those are just a few of the questions posed in the Psychiatric Times Ethics Survey-a survey that turned out to be the largest ever of its kind.

Ethics Quiz: When Dad Refuses Nursing Home Care

March 05, 2012

Educated and successful individuals, Mr H's children seem able to understand that their father can no longer make his own decisions, but they continue to defer to him for medical and disposition decisions stating, “whatever he wants to do.”

You Say “Yes,” I Say “No,” You Say “Goodbye,” and I Say “Hello”

November 17, 2011

In theory, psychiatrists possess no special skills for determining capacity of a patient to accept or refuse medical care, yet a large percentage of a psychosomatic physician’s work nonetheless involves capacity evaluations.

The 2011 Psychiatric Times Ethics Survey: Moral Struggles

June 08, 2011

The goal of the survey was to go beyond ethical lessons, useful as these may be, and to learn how Psychiatric Times’ readers-who are on the front line of psychiatric practice-handle a series of hypothetical ethical scenarios.