Ethical Challenges in the Use, Abuse, and Addiction to Drugs

Dr. Kockler explores the ethical challenges of sustaining therapeutic relationships with patients who use, abuse, and are addicted to drugs. He examines selected cases and gives attention to how ethics consultation might assess different approaches to caring for these patients. The best care plan is not always clear, as ethically defensible and medically appropriate courses of action are often shrouded by systemic barriers, communication break-downs, personal and professional biases, or specific choices by doctors and patients. Dr. Kockler concludes with some reflections on the connection between the presence of ethics in health care and professional competencies.  View archived Eventcast