Medicine and Inequality
I am committed to engaging with issues of inequality and oppression, in their many forms, within my bioethical and philosophical scholarship. Some examples of this work include an argument against the practice of nonconsensual educational pelvic exams on anesthetized patients by medical students (which has contributed to the introduction of bills requiring consent in at least 17 state legislatures in the United States), a critical discussion of the role of personal responsibility in decisions related to resource allocation in health care, and an investigation of the push away from using the term ‘medically assisted suicide’. I have also worked collaboratively on projects related to ethical issues in gender affirming care for youth, requests for re-infibulation in cases of female genital cutting, and whether an unequal distribution of placebo effects in clinical encounters is exacerbating existing health disparities in racialized groups.
Friesen, P. (2018) Educational pelvic exams on anesthetized women: why consent matters, Bioethics. 32(5), 298-307.
Friesen, P., & Blease, C. (2018) Placebo Effects and Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: An unjust and unexplored connection, Journal of Medical Ethics.
Friesen, P. (2016). Personal responsibility within health policy: unethical and ineffective, Journal of Medical Ethics.
Recent/ Forthcoming Work:
Friesen, P. (2020) Trust in Health Care after the Death of Joyce Echaquan. Impact Ethics.
Friesen, P. (2020) Medically Assisted Dying and Suicide: How Are They Different, and How Are They Similar? The Hastings Center Report.
Recent/ Upcoming Talks:
“When Routine Training is Unethical and Becomes Illegal: The Case of Intimate Exams for Teaching Purposes” (July 2020) American Medical Student Association special event (panel with Fretwell Wilson, R., Silver- Isenstadt, A., and Weitz, A.)