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Compassionate Release Policy Reform: Physicians as Advocates for Human Dignity

Overview of attention for article published in The AMA Journal of Ethic, September 2017
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Title
Compassionate Release Policy Reform: Physicians as Advocates for Human Dignity
Published in
The AMA Journal of Ethic, September 2017
DOI 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.9.peer2-1709
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Abstract

A rapidly aging correctional population has led to an increasing number of patients with serious progressive and terminal illnesses in correctional settings. "Compassionate release" describes a range of policies offering early release or parole to incarcerated patients with serious or debilitating illnesses. However, in many states that have compassionate release policies, few patients are actually granted release. We describe how the continued incarceration of patients with serious or debilitating illness can constitute a violation of human dignity if appropriate palliative care is unavailable. We argue that, given the importance in medical ethics of upholding dignity, physicians should advocate for the appropriate application and use of compassionate release. We describe several opportunities for physicians to take leadership on this issue.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 11 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 2 18%
Unspecified 2 18%
Student > Master 2 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 18%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 9%
Other 2 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 3 27%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 18%
Social Sciences 2 18%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 18%
Psychology 1 9%
Other 1 9%