Ruth L. Fischbach

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Gender-based violence, only recently emerging as a pervasive global issue, contributes significantly to preventable morbidity and mortality for women across diverse cultures. Existing documentation suggests that profound physical and psychological sequelae are endemic following intimate partner violence. The presentation of domestic violence is often(More)
OBJECTIVE Resuscitation research with an exception from informed consent (EFIC) has not been reported in the inpatient or pediatric setting, and little practical information exists to guide application of EFIC regulations to inpatient or pediatric research. The objective of this study was to assess the feasibility of conducting inpatient pediatric(More)
BACKGROUND Informed consent forms should document and reflect the goals of informed consent and shared decision making. We conducted this study to examine the extent to which informed consent for procedure forms meet accepted informed consent standards, how well state informed consent statutes correlate with these standards, and whether existing forms can(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize parental perception of clinical research, particularly in emergency settings. To identify specific aspects of clinical research that concern parents and to discuss how these concerns can be addressed. STUDY DESIGN Quantitative and qualitative survey in tertiary care children's hospital and affiliated clinics. RESULTS Family(More)
Controversy and activism have long been linked to the subject of primate research. Even in the midst of raging ethical debates surrounding fertility treatments, genetically modified foods and stem-cell research, there has been no reduction in the campaigns of activists worldwide. Playing their trade of intimidation aimed at ending biomedical experimentation(More)
Human embryonic stem cells offer the promise of a new regenerative medicine in which damaged adult cells can be replaced with new cells. Research is needed to determine the most viable stem cell lines and reliable ways to promote the differentiation of pluripotent stem cells into specific cell types (neurons, muscle cells, etc). To create new cell lines, it(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Culturally competent medical care for the dying patient by families and health care professionals is a challenging task especially when religious values, practices, and beliefs influence treatment decisions for patients at the end of life. This article describes end-of-life guidelines for hospital health care professionals caring(More)
Health care professionals traditionally have resisted patient access to medical records. There is evidence, however, that the patient's medical record can promote improved communication between patient and practitioner. In an exploratory study, patients in a primary care office practice collaborated with their health care professionals in the authorship of(More)