- N Engl J Med 2022; 387:844-849
Since wealth is a fundamental driver of health, health equity strategies that fail to close the racial wealth gap may be ineffective. What can health systems do to help address this major social determinant of health?
- N Engl J Med 2022; 387:770-772
State fertility-fraud laws prohibit deliberately misrepresenting the source of sperm, eggs, or embryos used to treat infertility. Such legislation could herald an expansion of informed-consent doctrine.
- PerspectiveAug 24, 202210.1056/NEJMp2210192
When state laws banning abortion directly and immediately threaten the health of patients, should physicians collectively disobey them?
- N Engl J Med 2022; 387:584-585
For professionals who work with children and adolescents, policies like Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law have outsized cruelty — even beyond the enormous harm they will do to the young people we serve.
- N Engl J Med 2022; 387:481-483
Explicitly including race or ethnicity as a factor in government allocation of resources raises legal concerns. Litigation related to Covid-19 treatment guidance in New York highlights these issues.
- N Engl J Med 2022; 387:390-393
After Dobbs, Americans may find themselves in a society where many aspects of basic health care are threatened and the law tries to turn clinicians into adversaries of their patients.
- N Engl J Med 2022; 387:388-390
Health systems and clinicians planning for a post-Roe America can look to Texas, which has already witnessed the impact of strict abortion bans on the provision of evidence-based, essential health care.
- N Engl J Med 2022; 387:294-297
With policymakers targeting members of sexual and gender minority groups, the health care sector can mitigate resulting harm and advocate for evidence-based policies protecting health and well-being.
- N Engl J Med 2022; 387:102-105
Appropriately, Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine has prompted a massive humanitarian response — but the assault has intensified and time is running out.
- N Engl J Med 2022; 387:105-107
Since no interventions for reducing implicit biases have been shown to have enduring effects, health care organizations should focus instead on eliminating discriminatory behavior and other harms caused by implicit bias.
Physicians Spreading Misinformation on Social Media — Do Right and Wrong Answers Still Exist in Medicine?N Engl J Med 2022; 387:1-3
In light of widespread falsehoods about Covid-19 and its treatment and prevention, the American Board of Internal Medicine has informed doctors that disseminating misinformation is grounds for disciplinary sanctions.
- N Engl J Med 2022; 387:e1
The neo-Nazi march on Brigham and Women’s Hospital and attacks on health equity interventions are stark reminders of the obligation of physicians to denounce White supremacism and reaffirm race-conscious antiracism efforts.
- N Engl J Med 2022; 386:2355-2356
Among the barriers to increased participation in clinical trials by members of underrepresented groups, one that requires governmental attention is the lack of robust, reliable data on race and ethnicity in patient databases maintained by clinical providers and insurers.
- N Engl J Med 2022; 386:e70
In a post-Roe America, Black women will be disproportionately affected by the lack of abortion access and overrepresented in pregnancy-related deaths. A Black physician aims to ensure that her patients can choose for themselves.
- N Engl J Med 2022; 386:2357-2359
Courts and physicians need to be mindful about the use and misuse of medical-science findings in constitutional conflicts, the cloaking of moral views in scientific guise, and the marshaling of medicine’s cultural authority as a means of persuasion.