Showing posts with the label bioethics

Do we need bioethics?

Do we need bioethics Do we need bioethics Two counterarguments: Need and Employability It may be surprisingly annoying to keep defining and defending your speciality every time you are asked about it. To many, including some medical colleagues, I have wasted my time and two dream opportunities: a master at the University of Toronto and a PhD at the University of Birmingham. Instead of 'being a doctor', they tell me in full empathy, I chose a 'theoretical discipline'. Although I had my masters in bioethics at the  University of Toronto Joint Center for Bioethics  more than a decade ago, my listeners got confused when they ask me about my speciality and I quietly utter the word, "bioethics". They respond, "good,  biostatistics  is not bad at all". I try to correct them that bioethics has nothing to do with biostatistics. Some keep this sympathetic look of 'oh dear, what a waste of time?!'. They believe, consciously or unconsciousl

How a discontinued treatment led a patient to be sent to jail?

A patient discontinued his treatment. The PHO locked him in the prison's hospital?  (TRUE STORY) In this part of the lecture, I discuss a real case that happened in a rural area where a TB patient discontinued his treatment and ended up sent to jail. Watch to see how this all happened and then discuss the following ethical issues: Is the patient's right to refuse treatment absolute? If not, when and where to draw the line to the point of forcing them to be treated/isolated? What are the limits of the public health authorities and the State in general when it comes to people's choices? What are the ethical principles that should guide our interventions as public health physicians in managing patients with infectious diseases?

Introduction to Public health ethics- Recorded Lecture

Starting today I will launch a series of short videos on #public_health_ethics , we compare clinical practice and public health in order to understand the differences in the ethical issues between the two fields. The rest of the lecture will be launched on my YouTube channel every week for 4 weeks. The lecture is in Arabic. Please remember to turn on the CC to find the English subtitles. #publichealth   #ethics   #bioethics   #MPH #اخلاقيات   #الصحة_العامة   #طب_المجتمع

Ghaiath Hussein UNESCO video message

Among other prominent bioethics experts in the Arab region , I had the privilege of being invited by the UNESCO's regional office to contribute a short message. My focus was on the environmental ethical aspects. This is the excerpt of my message: " Ethics of the Environment and Global Health SAWRA. The current pandemic has changed our lives. We survived some form of restrictive measures. When the choice was between life and the economy; the sensible global action was to save lives. We have learned that we are part of an ecosystem. If we invade the animals’ habitats, they will come closer to us. Transmission of viruses becomes more likely, more virulent and harder to control. We might have considered climate change as a far indirect threat. If we deal with it the way we managed the pandemic at the start by delaying and downplaying; the cost is much higher. As for what we did to save our lives now, we can do the same to save them in the future. Global coop