Ethical Issues in Colorectal Surgery

  • Jason D. KeuneEmail author


Ethics, at its most fundamental level, is a way to answer the question, “what should we do?”. In this chapter, I define what “ethical dilemmas” are and discuss one approach for resolving them. I discuss informed consent, surrogate decision-making, futility, and refusal of care. I analyze the current state of disparities in surgical outcomes by race and socioeconomic status. Finally, I consider the problem of financial conflicts of interest and the recent “Sunshine law.”


Clinical ethics Respect for autonomy Justice Beneficence Nonmaleficence Futility Conflict of interest Surgical outcomes Informed consent 

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© ASCRS (American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgerySt. Louis University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA

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