The Physician’s Index for Ethics in Medicine

is an information resource designed to help clinicians keep up-to-date with current and emerging ethical issues, and to make better ethical decisions in clinical practice.

This ready source of information covers the fields of bioethics, medical ethics, and the philosophy of medicine.

The Physician’s Index is comprised of a comprehensive, online bibliographic database of professional publications and feature articles that address vital topics in depth. The feature articles are chosen by our esteemed Editorial Advisory Board.

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Over 30,000 Records from Publications that Originate in over 90 Countries


  • Articles from over 800 Journals and e-Journals
  • Books, e-Books, and Book Reviews
  • Anthologies and Contributions to Anthologies


  • Author-written Abstracts
  • Thorough Subject Indexing that facilitates focused research and general browsing by the physician


Adding Value by Talking More
by Robert S. Kaplan, PhD, Derek A. Haas, MBA, and Jonathan Warsh, PhD

After the DNR: Surrogates Who Persist in Requesting Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
by Ellen M. Robinson, RN, PhD, et al

America’s Addiction to Opioids: Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse
by Nora  D. Volkow, MD

Bartleby in the NICU
by John D. Lantos, MD

Cardiac Surgery for Infective Endocarditis in Patients with Intravenous Drug Use 
by Oda Bratland Østerdal, et al

Casey’s Legacy: Finding Generosity When Admitting to an Error in Judgment 
by W. Richard Boyte, MD

Clinical Criteria for Physician Aid in Dying
by David Orentlicher, MD, JD, et al

Comfort Care for Patients Dying in the Hospital
by Craig D. Blinderman, MD, and J. Andrew Billings, MD

Comparison of Site of Death, Health Care Utilization, and Hospital Expenditures for Patients Dying with Cancer in 7 Developed Countries
by Justin E. Bekelman, MD, et al

Data Monitoring Committees—Expect the Unexpected
by David L. DeMets, PhD, and Susan S. Ellenberg, PhD

Evaluation of Perioperative Medication Errors and Adverse Drug Events
by Karen C. Nanji, MD, MPH, et al

Full Disclosure—Out-of-Pocket Costs as Side Effects
by Peter A. Ubel, MD, Amy P. Abernethy, MD, PhD, and S. Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS

The High Cost of Prescription Drugs in the United States: Origins and Prospects for Reform
by Aaron S. Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH, et al

The Influence of the Probability of Survival on Patients’ Preferences Regarding Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
by Donald J. Murphy, MD, et al

Interventions to Prevent and Reduce Physician Burnout: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
by Colin P. West, MD, PhD, et al

Late-Life Cardiac Interventions and the Treatment Imperative 
by Janet J. Shim, PhD

Liberty Versus Need—Our Struggle to Care for People with Serious Mental Illness 
by Lisa Rosenbaum, MD

The New Era of Informed Consent: Getting to a Reasonable-Patient Standard Through Shared Decision Making 
by Erica S. Spatz, MD, MHS, et al

Patient Care and Population Health: Goals, Roles and Costs 
by Lauris Christopher Kaldjian, MD, PhD

Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the ICU: A Dialogue on Core Ethical Issues 
by Ewan C. Goligher, MD, PhD, et al

The Porosity of Autonomy: Social and Biological Constitution of the Patient and Biomedicine
by Jonathan Beever, PhD, and Nicolae Morar, PhD

Prehospital Termination of Resuscitation in Cases of Refractory Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
by Comilla Sasson, MD, MS, A. J. Hegg, MD, and Michelle Macy, MD, et al

Preliminary Evidence of Impaired Thinking and Sick Patients
by Eric J. Cassell, MD, et al

Prevalence of and Factors Related to Discordance About Prognosis Between Physicians and Surrogate Decision Makers of Critically Ill Patients
by Douglas B. White, MD, MAS

Promoting Population Health through Financial Stewardship
by Peter A. Ubel, MD, and Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil

Providing Appropriate End-of-Life Care to Religious and Ethnic Minorities
by Daniel K. Partain, MD, Cory Ingram, MD, and Jacob J. Strand, MD

The Public and the Gene-Editing Revolution
by Robert J. Blendon, ScD, et al

Responding to Suffering
by Ronald M. Epstein, MD, and Anthony Back, MD

The Shared Decision-Making Continuum
by Alexander A. Kon, MD

Highlights, US Department of Health and Human Services, 2015

Withdrawing Artificial Nutrition and Hydration from Minimally Conscious and Vegetative Patients: Family Perspectives
by Celia Kitzinger, PhD, and Jenny Kitzinger, PhD