Friday, April 23, 2010
April 23, 2010
I am going to push once more on this issue of physicians and ethics consults (or the lack therof)—and hopefully not risk losing some good friends—to ask:
Is it ennui, intimidation, or just plain lack of interest what others think of your decisions that lead physicians, for the most part, to shun ethics consults?
I even gave you an “out”—I suggested that if being a physician equals being who you are, then to question your judgment (or to lay that judgment out for others to consider) might be questioning your very character.
I talked with a group of nurses last week only to hear several of the experienced ones say that they were not considered “part of the team”, weren’t “consulted” on a case by the physicians, and I wondered, “Then why am I worrying about doctors’ not bringing cases to a multidisciplinary group if they don’t talk them over with the attending nurses?”
Cast a little light here—docs or non-docs -- Why?