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JENNIFER BLUMENTHAL-BARBY

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Medicine
DivisionMedicine-General Medicine
AddressBaylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza - 310D
Houston TX 77030
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    TitleAssociate Professor
    InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
    DepartmentCenter for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
    DivisionCtr for Med Ethics & Health Policy


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    2011 - 2014Greenwall Faculty Fellowship in Bioethics (PI)
    2011 - 2013Pfizer MAP Fellowship in Bioethics (PI)
    2014 - 2016The Greenwall Foundation Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas Grant (PI)
    2014 - 2017Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Award (PI)

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    Dr. Blumenthal-Barby's research focuses on the ethical issues raised by research on human judgment and decision-making (e.g., decisional biases and heuristics). She focuses on developing moral guidelines for the use of principles from behavioral economics and decisional psychology (e.g., framing effects, default options, incentives, focusing effects, commitment contracts, and subconscious priming) to shape people’s medical decisions and behaviors.

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    1. Allen CH, Vold K, Felsen G, Blumenthal-Barby JS, Aharoni E. Reconciling the opposing effects of neurobiological evidence on criminal sentencing judgments. PLoS One. 2019; 14(1):e0210584. PMID: 30657761.
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    2. Blumenthal-Barby JS, Lo B. Building on the American College of Physicians Ethics Manual. Ann Intern Med. 2019 Jan 15; 170(2):133-134. PMID: 30641570.
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    3. Blumenthal-Barby JS, Ubel PA. In Defense of "Denial": Difficulty Knowing When Beliefs Are Unrealistic and Whether Unrealistic Beliefs Are Bad. Am J Bioeth. 2018 Sep; 18(9):4-15. PMID: 30235093.
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    4. Blumenthal-Barby JS, Ubel PA. Response to Open Peer Commentaries on ''In Defense of 'Denial': Difficulty Knowing When Beliefs Are Unrealistic and Whether Unrealistic Beliefs Are Bad". Am J Bioeth. 2018 09; 18(9):W3-W5. PMID: 30235100.
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    5. Fedson SE, MacKenzie KK, Delgado ED, Abraham MN, Estep JD, Blumenthal-Barby JS, Bruce CR. Mapping the Informed Consent Process for Left Ventricular Assist Devices. ASAIO J. 2018 Sep/Oct; 64(5):630-635. PMID: 29076946.
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    6. Blumenthal-Barby J, Opel DJ. Nudge or Grudge? Choice Architecture and Parental Decision-Making. Hastings Cent Rep. 2018 Mar; 48(2):33-39. PMID: 29590519.
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    7. Blumenthal-Barby J, Ubel PA. Truth be told: not all nudging is bullshit. J Med Ethics. 2018 Aug; 44(8):547. PMID: 29444924.
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    8. Wilhelms LA, Blumenthal-Barby JS, Kostick KM, Estep JD, Bruce CR. Patients' Perspectives on Transplantation While Undergoing Left Ventricular Assist Device Support. ASAIO J. 2017 Nov/Dec; 63(6):740-744. PMID: 29084036.
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    9. Arora NS, Davis JK, Kirby C, McGuire AL, Green RC, Blumenthal-Barby JS, Ubel PA. Communication challenges for nongeneticist physicians relaying clinical genomic results. Per Med. 2016 Sep; 14(5):423-431. PMID: 29181085.
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    10. Kaplan JA, Kandodo J, Sclafani J, Raine S, Blumenthal-Barby J, Norris A, Norris-Turner A, Chemey E, Beckham JM, Khan Z, Chunda R. An investigation of the relationship between autonomy, childbirth practices, and obstetric fistula among women in rural Lilongwe District, Malawi. BMC Int Health Hum Rights. 2017 06 19; 17(1):17. PMID: 28629455.
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    11. Jamal L, Robinson JO, Christensen KD, Blumenthal-Barby J, Slashinski MJ, Perry DL, Vassy JL, Wycliff J, Green RC, McGuire AL. When bins blur: Patient perspectives on categories of results from clinical whole genome sequencing. AJOB Empir Bioeth. 2017 Apr-Jun; 8(2):82-88. PMID: 28949844.
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    12. Blumenthal-Barby JS, Loftis L, Cummings CL, Meadow W, Lemmon M, Ubel PA, McCullough L, Rao E, Lantos JD. Should Neonatologists Give Opinions Withdrawing Life-sustaining Treatment? Pediatrics. 2016 12; 138(6). PMID: 27940720.
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    13. Blumenthal-Barby JS, Ubel PA. Gunmen and Ice Cream Cones: Harm to Autonomy and Harm to Persons. Am J Bioeth. 2016 11; 16(11):13-14. PMID: 27749180.
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    14. Liao K, Blumenthal-Barby J, Sikora AG. Factors Influencing Head and Neck Surgical Oncologists' Transition from Curative to Palliative Treatment Goals. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 01; 156(1):46-51. PMID: 27625024.
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    15. de la Garza S, Phuoc V, Throneberry S, Blumenthal-Barby J, McCullough L, Coverdale J. Teaching Medical Ethics in Graduate and Undergraduate Medical Education: A Systematic Review of Effectiveness. Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Aug; 41(4):520-525. PMID: 27644429.
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    16. Blumenthal-Barby JS, Krieger H, Wei A, Kim D, Olutoye OO, Cass DL. Communication about maternal-fetal surgery for myelomeningocele and congenital diaphragmatic hernia: preliminary findings with implications for informed consent and shared decision-making. J Perinat Med. 2016 Aug 01; 44(6):645-53. PMID: 25870957.
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    17. Blumenthal-Barby JS. 'That's the doctor's job': Overcoming patient reluctance to be involved in medical decision making. Patient Educ Couns. 2017 01; 100(1):14-17. PMID: 27423179.
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    18. Won T, Blumenthal-Barby J, Chacko M. Paid protection? Ethics of incentivised long-acting reversible contraception in adolescents with alcohol and other drug use. J Med Ethics. 2017 03; 43(3):182-187. PMID: 27178535.
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    19. Blumenthal-Barby JS. Biases and Heuristics in Decision Making and Their Impact on Autonomy. Am J Bioeth. 2016 05; 16(5):5-15. PMID: 27111357.
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    20. Bramstedt KA, Colaco CM, De Silva E, Rehfield PL, Blumenthal-Barby JS. Perceptions of US and Australian Medical Students and Instructors About Clinical Professional Attire: LAPEL Study. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2016 Apr; 116(4):244-54. PMID: 27018959.
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    21. Blumenthal-Barby JS, Lazaridis C. A Woman in Her 30s Whose Family Becomes Distrustful After an Initial Prognosis Proves Inaccurate. Chest. 2016 Apr; 149(4):e115-7. PMID: 27055715.
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    22. Kostick KM, Minard CG, Wilhelms LA, Delgado E, Abraham M, Bruce CR, Estep JD, Loebe M, Volk RJ, Blumenthal-Barby JS. Development and validation of a patient-centered knowledge scale for left ventricular assist device placement. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2016 06; 35(6):768-76. PMID: 26922278.
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    23. Lupo PJ, Robinson JO, Diamond PM, Jamal L, Danysh HE, Blumenthal-Barby J, Lehmann LS, Vassy JL, Christensen KD, Green RC, McGuire AL. Patients' perceived utility of whole-genome sequencing for their healthcare: findings from the MedSeq project. Per Med. 2016 Jan 01; 13(1):13-20. PMID: 27019659.
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    24. Bruce CR, Liang C, Blumenthal-Barby JS, Zimmerman J, Downey A, Pham L, Theriot L, Delgado ED, White D. Barriers and Facilitators to Initiating and Completing Time-Limited Trials in Critical Care. Crit Care Med. 2015 Dec; 43(12):2535-43. PMID: 26465223.
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    25. Kostick KM, Blumenthal-Barby J. A Team To Inform Patients' Decisions: The Authors Reply. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Nov; 34(11):2003. PMID: 26526264.
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    26. Bruce CR, Blumenthal-Barby JS, Meyers D. Benefits and Challenges of Early Introduction of Left Ventricular Assist Device Placement: A Patient-Centered Perspective. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015 Oct 20; 66(16):1762-1765. PMID: 26483098.
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    27. Bui TC, Krieger HA, Blumenthal-Barby JS. FRAMING EFFECTS ON PHYSICIANS' JUDGMENT AND DECISION MAKING. Psychol Rep. 2015 Oct; 117(2):508-22. PMID: 26444837.
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    28. Kostick KM, Blumenthal-Barby J. Left Ventricular Assist Devices: The Authors Reply. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Oct; 34(10):1799. PMID: 26438764.
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    29. Kostick KM, Blumenthal-Barby J. A failing heart and the downside of life-prolonging technology. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Aug; 34(8):1418-22. PMID: 26240255.
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    30. Kostick KM, Blumenthal-Barby JS, Wilhelms LA, Delgado ED, Bruce CR. Content Analysis of Social Media Related to Left Ventricular Assist Devices. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2015 Sep; 8(5):517-23. PMID: 26219889.
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    31. Christensen KD, Vassy JL, Jamal L, Lehmann LS, Slashinski MJ, Perry DL, Robinson JO, Blumenthal-Barby J, Feuerman LZ, Murray MF, Green RC, McGuire AL. Are physicians prepared for whole genome sequencing? a qualitative analysis. Clin Genet. 2016 Feb; 89(2):228-34. PMID: 26080898.
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    32. Bruce CR, Kostick KM, Delgado ED, Wilhelms LA, Volk RJ, Smith ML, McCurdy SA, Loebe M, Estep JD, Blumenthal-Barby JS. Reasons Why Eligible Candidates Decline Left Ventricular Assist Device Placement. J Card Fail. 2015 Oct; 21(10):835-9. PMID: 26112460.
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    33. Volk RJ, Kinsman GT, Le YC, Swank P, Blumenthal-Barby J, McFall SL, Byrd TL, Mullen PD, Cantor SB. Designing Normative Messages About Active Surveillance for Men With Localized Prostate Cancer. J Health Commun. 2015; 20(9):1014-20. PMID: 26066011.
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    34. Blumenthal-Barby JS, Lee D, Volk RJ. Toward ethically responsible choice architecture in prostate cancer treatment decision-making. CA Cancer J Clin. 2015 Jul-Aug; 65(4):257-60. PMID: 25998159.
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    35. Blumenthal-Barby JS, Kostick KM, Delgado ED, Volk RJ, Kaplan HM, Wilhelms LA, McCurdy SA, Estep JD, Loebe M, Bruce CR. Assessment of patients' and caregivers' informational and decisional needs for left ventricular assist device placement: Implications for informed consent and shared decision-making. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2015 Sep; 34(9):1182-9. PMID: 26087668.
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    36. Blumenthal-Barby JS, McGuire AL, Green RC, Ubel PA. How behavioral economics can help to avoid 'The last mile problem' in whole genome sequencing. Genome Med. 2015; 7(1):3. PMID: 25614766.
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    37. Blumenthal-Barby JS, Robinson E, Cantor SB, Naik AD, Russell HV, Volk RJ. The neglected topic: presentation of cost information in patient decision AIDS. Med Decis Making. 2015 05; 35(4):412-8. PMID: 25583552.
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    38. Allen NG, Blumenthal-Barby JS, McCullough LB. Placing and evaluating unproven interventions within a clinical ethical taxonomy of treatments for Ebola virus disease. Am J Bioeth. 2015; 15(4):50-3. PMID: 25856603.
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    39. Lazaridis C, Blumenthal-Barby JS. Organ Donation Beyond Brain Death: Donors as Ends and Maximal Utility. Am J Bioeth. 2015; 15(8):17-9. PMID: 26225507.
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    40. Vassy JL, Christensen KD, Slashinski MJ, Lautenbach DM, Raghavan S, Robinson JO, Blumenthal-Barby J, Feuerman LZ, Lehmann LS, Murray MF, Green RC, McGuire AL. 'Someday it will be the norm': physician perspectives on the utility of genome sequencing for patient care in the MedSeq Project. Per Med. 2015; 12(1):23-32. PMID: 25642274.
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    41. Blumenthal-Barby JS, Naik AD. In Defense of Nudge-Autonomy Compatibility. Am J Bioeth. 2015; 15(10):45-7. PMID: 26479103.
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    42. Lazaridis C, Blumenthal-Barby JS. Biology, metaphysics, and brain death criteria. J Crit Care. 2015 Apr; 30(2):417-8. PMID: 25599946.
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    43. Blumenthal-Barby JS, McGuire AL, Ubel PA. Why information alone is not enough: behavioral economics and the future of genomic medicine. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Oct 21; 161(8):605-6. PMID: 25329206.
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    44. Bruce CR, Delgado E, Kostick K, Grogan S, Ashrith G, Trachtenberg B, Estep JD, Bhimaraj A, Pham L, Blumenthal-Barby JS. Ventricular assist devices: a review of psychosocial risk factors and their impact on outcomes. J Card Fail. 2014 Dec; 20(12):996-1003. PMID: 25239054.
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    45. Blumenthal-Barby JS, Krieger H. Cognitive biases and heuristics in medical decision making: a critical review using a systematic search strategy. Med Decis Making. 2015 05; 35(4):539-57. PMID: 25145577.
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    46. Vassy JL, Lautenbach DM, McLaughlin HM, Kong SW, Christensen KD, Krier J, Kohane IS, Feuerman LZ, Blumenthal-Barby J, Roberts JS, Lehmann LS, Ho CY, Ubel PA, MacRae CA, Seidman CE, Murray MF, McGuire AL, Rehm HL, Green RC. The MedSeq Project: a randomized trial of integrating whole genome sequencing into clinical medicine. Trials. 2014 Mar 20; 15:85. PMID: 24645908.
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    47. Blumenthal-Barby JS. Capsule commentary on Brenner et al., comparing 3 values clarification methods for colorectal cancer screening decision-making: a randomized trial in the US and Australia. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Mar; 29(3):519. PMID: 24366400.
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    48. Bruce CR, Fetter JE, Blumenthal-Barby JS. Cascade effects in critical care medicine: a call for practice changes. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013 Dec 15; 188(12):1384-5. PMID: 24328766.
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    49. Blumenthal-Barby JS. Psychiatry's new manual (DSM-5): ethical and conceptual dimensions. J Med Ethics. 2014 Aug; 40(8):531-6. PMID: 24327374.
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    50. Abhyankar P, Volk RJ, Blumenthal-Barby J, Bravo P, Buchholz A, Ozanne E, Vidal DC, Col N, Stalmeier P. Balancing the presentation of information and options in patient decision aids: an updated review. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2013; 13 Suppl 2:S6. PMID: 24625214.
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    51. Blumenthal-Barby JS, McCullough L, Krieger H, Coverdale J. . Methods of Influencing the Decisions of Psychiatric Patients: An Ethical Analysis. Harvard Review of Psychiatry. 2013; 5(21):275-279.
    52. Blumenthal-Barby JS, McCullough LB, Krieger H, Coverdale J. Methods of influencing the decisions of psychiatric patients: an ethical analysis. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2013 Sep-Oct; 21(5):275-9. PMID: 24651560.
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    53. Blumenthal-Barby JS. "Choosing wisely" to reduce low-value care: a conceptual and ethical analysis. J Med Philos. 2013 Oct; 38(5):559-80. PMID: 23980238.
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    54. McGuire AL, Joffe S, Koenig BA, Biesecker BB, McCullough LB, Blumenthal-Barby JS, Caulfield T, Terry SF, Green RC. Point-counterpoint. Ethics and genomic incidental findings. Science. 2013 May 31; 340(6136):1047-8. PMID: 23686340.
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    55. Blumenthal-Barby, JS . Choice Architecture: A Mechanism for Improving Decisions While Preserving Liberty?. In Paternalism: Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press), eds. Weber and Coons. 2013; 178-196.
    56. Blumenthal-Barby JS, Cantor SB, Russell HV, Naik AD, Volk RJ. Decision aids: when 'nudging' patients to make a particular choice is more ethical than balanced, nondirective content. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Feb; 32(2):303-10. PMID: 23381523.
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    57. Blumenthal-Barby JS. On nudging and informed consent--four key undefended premises. Am J Bioeth. 2013; 13(6):31-3. PMID: 23641846.
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    58. Blumenthal-Barby JS. Between reason and coercion: ethically permissible influence in health care and health policy contexts. Kennedy Inst Ethics J. 2012 Dec; 22(4):345-66. PMID: 23420941.
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    59. Braverman JA, Blumenthal-Barby JS. Assessment of the sunk-cost effect in clinical decision-making. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Jul; 75(1):186-92. PMID: 22503839.
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    60. Frumovitz M, Kriseman ML, Sun CC, Blumenthal-Barby J, Sood AK, Bodurka DC, Soliman PT. Unverifiable accomplishments and publications on applications for gynecologic oncology fellowships. Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Mar; 119(3):504-8. PMID: 22353948.
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    61. Blumenthal-Barby JS, Burroughs H. Seeking better health care outcomes: the ethics of using the "nudge". Am J Bioeth. 2012; 12(2):1-10. PMID: 22304506.
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    62. Blumenthal-Barby JS. On the concept and measure of voluntariness: insights from behavioral economics and cognitive science. Am J Bioeth. 2011 Aug; 11(8):25-6. PMID: 21806433.
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    63. Swindell JS, McGuire AL, Halpern SD. Shaping patients' decisions. Chest. 2011 Feb; 139(2):424-429. PMID: 21285056.
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    64. Blumenthal-Barby JS. On the utility and distinctness of the concept of behavioral equipoise. Am J Bioeth. 2011 Feb; 11(2):9-10. PMID: 21337267.
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    65. Cardon A, Blumenthal-Barby JS. . Should Repugnance Give Us Pause: On the Neuroscience of Daily Moral Reasoning. AJOB Neuroscience. 2011; 2(2):47-48.
    66. Swindell JS, Coverdale JH, Crisp-Han H, McCullough LB. Focus on patient management: responsibly managing psychiatric inpatient refusal of medical or surgical diagnostic work-up. Psychiatr Serv. 2010 Sep; 61(9):868-70. PMID: 20810583.
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    67. Swindell JS, McGuire AL, Halpern SD. Beneficent persuasion: techniques and ethical guidelines to improve patients' decisions. Ann Fam Med. 2010 May-Jun; 8(3):260-4. PMID: 20458111.
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    68. McGuire AL, Majumder MA, Halpern SD, Swindell JS, Yaeger LV, Gibbs RA, Wheeler TM. Taking DNA from the dead. Nat Rev Genet. 2010 May; 11(5):318. PMID: 20332774.
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    69. Swindell, JS. . Review of Harry Frankfurt's Taking Ourselves Seriously and Getting It Right (Stanford 2006). Journal of Value Inquiry. 2010; 1(44):117-121.
    70. Swindell JS. Ambivalence. Philosophical Explorations: An International Journal of Philosophy of Mind and Action. 2010; 1(13):23-34.
    71. Swindell JS. Behavioural science sheds light on patient perceptions of impact of disease and quality of life, creates ethical challenges. Int J Clin Pract. 2009 Dec; 63(12):1673-4. PMID: 19930328.
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    72. Swindell JS. Video tool in dementia. Ethical concerns. BMJ. 2009 Jul 06; 339:b2720. PMID: 19581328.
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    73. Swindell JS. Two types of autonomy. Am J Bioeth. 2009 Jan; 9(1):52-3. PMID: 19132626.
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    74. Swindell JS. Facial allograft transplantation, personal identity and subjectivity. J Med Ethics. 2007 Aug; 33(8):449-53. PMID: 17664301.
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    75. Swindell, JS. Review of Tim O'Keefe's Epicurus on Freedom (Cambridge 2005). Journal of Value Inquiry. 2007; 1(41):107-112.
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