Patients suffering from illness stemming from opioid misuse and addiction frequently refuse care. Providers who encounter these patients often find themselves caught between the need to respect patients’ autonomy, and the need to provide appropriate and potentially life-saving care. This project aims to characterize current provider understanding of the ethical issues involved in such clinical dilemmas and to provide ethical guidance on how to navigate them.
Revive, Refuse, Repeat: Informed Refusal and the Opioid Crisis
University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute
Joshua W. Joseph et al., How emergency physicians approach refusal of observation after naloxone resuscitation, The Journal of Emergency Medicine, Jan 2020.Read more
Kenneth D. Marshall, et al., Medications for addiction treatment initiated from the emergency department: Ethical considerations, American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Sept 2019.Read more