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    Ethical Design and Use of Robotic Care of the Elderly.Carolyn Johnston - 2022 - Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 19 (1):11-14.
    The Australian Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety acknowledged understaffing and substandard care in residential aged care and home care services, and recommendations were made that that the Australian Government should promote assistive technology within aged care. Robotic care assistants can provide care and companionship for the elderly—both in their own homes and within health and aged care institutions. Although more research is required into their use, studies indicate benefits, including enabling the elderly to live independently at home, (...)
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  2. The Legal and Ethical Implications of Therapeutic Privilege – is It Ever Justified to Withhold Treatment Information From a Competent Patient?Carolyn Johnston & Genevieve Holt - 2006 - Clinical Ethics 1 (3):146-151.
    This article examines the standard of disclosure, set by law, of risks of treatment and alternative procedures that should normally be disclosed to patients. Therapeutic privilege has been recognized by the courts as an exception to this standard of disclosure. It provides a justification for withholding such information from competent patients in the interests of patient welfare. The article explores whether this justification is either legally or ethically defensible. In assessing patient welfare, the health care professional is required to consider (...)
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    King’s College London Student Clinical Ethics Committee Case Discussion: A Family Requests That Their Grandmother, Who Does Not Speak English, is Not Informed of Her Terminal Diagnosis.Carolyn Johnston, Michael Baty & Sky Liu - 2016 - Clinical Ethics 11 (1):38-41.
    Members of the Student Clinical Ethics Committee discussed the ethical and legal issues arising in a case referred for consideration – the family of a very elderly non-English speaking Asian lady did not want her to be informed that she had incurable lymphoma. The case study summarises the reflections of the Committee and focusses on: the role of cultural norms in healthcare decision making; the extent to which the views of the family about what is best for the patient should (...)
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    How Medical Students Learn Ethics: An Online Log of Their Learning Experiences.Carolyn Johnston & Jonathan Mok - 2015 - Journal of Medical Ethics 41 (10):854-858.
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    The Weight Attributed to Patient Values in Determining Best Interests.Carolyn Johnston - 2013 - Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (9):562-564.
    In W v M and Others (Re M) the Court of Protection considered whether withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration was in the best interests of a person in minimally conscious state. The Mental Capacity Act 2005 states that in determining best interests the decision-maker must consider, so far as is reasonably ascertainable, the patient's wishes, feelings, beliefs and values. Baker J. indicated that a high level of specificity is required in order to attribute significant weight to these factors. It (...)
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  6. Good Enough? Parental Decisions to Use DIY Looping Technology to Manage Type 1 Diabetes in Children.Carolyn Johnston - 2021 - Monash Bioethics Review 39 (Suppl 1):26-41.
    People are using innovative internet of things technologies to gain individualised management of their type 1 diabetes. The #WeAreNotWaiting movement supports them to build their own hybrid closed loop systems and access their real time blood sugar data via any web connected device. A small number of parents in Australia use such DIY looping systems to manage their child’s type 1 diabetes, but these systems have not been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia, creating ethical dilemmas for clinicians (...)
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    King’s College London Student Clinical Ethics Committee Case Discussion: Should a Homeless, Potentially Suicidal Man, Be Admitted to Hospital Overnight for the Purpose of Addressing a Short-Term Shelter Problem?Carolyn Johnston, Michael Baty & Azza Elnaiem - 2014 - Clinical Ethics 9 (2-3):104-107.
    Members of the Student Clinical Ethics Committee discussed the ethical issues arising in a case referred for consideration – a homeless man presenting to the emergency department of a busy London hospital with recent self-reported suicide attempts. Should he be admitted overnight in order to address a short-term shelter problem? The case study summarises the reflections of the Committee and focusses on the doctor’s duty of care and patient responsibility, benefits of admission and resource considerations.
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    King’s College London Student Clinical Ethics Committee Case Discussion: Is It Appropriate to Insert a Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy for an Elderly Man Who has Already Pulled Out a Naso-Gastric Tube?Carolyn Johnston, Michael Baty & Greg Dollman - 2015 - Clinical Ethics 10 (1-2):37-40.
    Members of the Student Clinical Ethics Committee discussed whether tube feeding should be instigated for a man who had indicated through his actions that he may be refusing it, although his family stated that he would have wanted to be kept alive in such a situation. The Committee considered the key issues of capacity and best interests, which in this case were confounded by lack of clarity about whether the patient’s actions amounted to a valid refusal of life sustaining treatment, (...)
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    King’s College London Student Clinical Ethics Committee Case Discussion: A Patient Changes Her Mind About Surgery – Should Her Later Refusal Be Respected?Carolyn Johnston, Michael Baty & Comfort Adewole - 2015 - Clinical Ethics 10 (1-2):34-36.
    Members of the Student Clinical Ethics Committee discussed the ethical and legal issues arising in a case referred for consideration – a female patient in her mid-60s, who had a very long history of multiple sclerosis, withdrew her previous consent to treatment following discussion with her son. The case study summarises the reflections of the Committee and focusses on: the meaning and practical application of respect for patient autonomy; whether a refusal of clinically indicated treatment may challenge the notion of (...)
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    The Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Advance Decisions.Carolyn Johnston - 2007 - Clinical Ethics 2 (2):80-84.
    This article considers the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in respect of advance decisions. It considers the new statutory regulation of advance directives (termed 'advance decisions' in the Act) and the formalities necessary to effect an advance decision purporting to refuse life-sustaining treatment. The validity and applicability of advance decisions is discussed with analogy to case law and the clinician's reasonable belief in following an advance decision is considered. The article assesses the new personal welfare Lasting Powers of (...)
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