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Bioethics During a Pandemic: Missed Opportunities, Lying Patients, and Disparities in Patient Outcomes

September 22, 2021

Matthew K. Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP, is Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado.  He previously directed the AMA’s Institute on Ethics for 15 years. Given Dr. Wynia’s training in infectious diseases, public health and health services research, host Mike Sacopulos discusses a range of ethical issues in medical practice including the following:

• Factors that caused our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, what happened to the playbook for pandemic response?

• The ethics surrounding vaccine mandates. 

• The need to improve systems that impact physician practice, not the need to improve physicians. 

• Some research surrounding patients that are not truthful with their physicians.

• Patient safety and racial disparities in outcomes, care delivery as medical errors, implications for physician leaders.

As a bonus, Dr. Wynia discusses the application of the study of art to the practice of medicine.

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