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Lois Shepherd

  • Prioritize Health Care Workers for Ventilators? Not So Fast

    Posted on June 8, 2020

    In places where Covid-19 is increasing – and in preparation for a possible second wave of the pandemic– hospitals are preparing to triage critical resources if necessary. Some are prioritizing health care workers for ventilators. We think this is a mistake.

  • When Are Organ Recipients Human Research Subjects?

    Posted on November 10, 2017

    Do the recipients of organ transplants have a right to know if the organs they are about to receive were part of a research study? If so, are the recipients themselves research subjects? A recent article in the Hastings Center Report maintains that the recipients do have a right to know, but that they are… Read more

  • Dozens of Bioethicists Air Views on SUPPORT Study Controversy

    Posted on July 1, 2013

    For those following the SUPPORT Study controversy, the New England Journal of Medicine published this week a letter to the editor organized by Ruth Macklin, Alice Dreger, and me, and signed by 45 “physicians, bioethicists, and scholars in allied fields.”  In contrast to an earlier letter published by NEJM on June 20, signed by an equivalent number of scholars, our letter… Read more

  • The SUPPORT Study and the Standard of Care

    Posted on May 21, 2013

    The clinical research community and a number of prominent bioethicists have swiftly come to the defense of investigators conducting the SUPPORT study, in which approximately 1,300 premature infants were randomly assigned to be maintained at higher or lower levels of oxygen saturation. The study took place between 2005 and 2009, involved 22 sites and was… Read more