Article Published in Journal of Clinical Ethics


Kibbe, Bryan, and Paul J. Ford. 2016. “What’s Knowledge Got to Do With It?: Ethics, Epistemology, and Intractable Conflicts in the Medical Setting.” Journal of Clinical Ethics 27 (4).

Abstract: This article utilizes the case of Ms H. to examine the contrasting ways that surrogate decision makers move from simply hearing information about the patient to actually knowing and understanding the patient’s medical condition. The focus of the case is on a family’s request to actually see the patient’s wounds instead of being told about the wounds, and the role of clinical ethicists in facilitating this request. We argue that clinical ethicists have an important role to play in the work of converting information into knowledge and that this can serve as a valuable way forward in the midst of seemingly intractable conflicts in the medical setting.