How should neurologists address incidental medical findings?
How should clinicians address “incidental” medical findings that might surface when they are investigating a seemingly unrelated clinical issue? The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has weighed in, offering recommendations in a new report, “Anticipate and Communicate,” released in December 2013 that suggests, among other recommendations, clinicians inform patients before a test or procedure is ordered about the range of possibilities that might be revealed and that they “respect a patient's preference not to know about incidental or secondary findings.”
In this video, Neurology Today Editor-in-chief Steven P. Ringel, MD, and Associate Editor Robert G. Holloway Jr., MD, MPH, discuss this new report, as well as their own experience with disclosing incidental medical findings to patients. The full-text discussion is here: http://bit.ly/1eRxYi6.
Neurology Today. 14(3):14-15, February 6, 2014