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Bander Center Casebook

Saint Louis University is pleased to make electronic copies of Exploring Integrity in Medicine: The Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics Casebook freely available to medical educators.

Nearly every dimension of medical practice and research includes a significant business component. Decisions about prescriptions, ordering tests, and providing clinical services, as well as dedicating effort to research all involve the exchange of money and financially affect a variety of parties—patients, insurers and government payers, physicians, and healthcare and research institutions.

Exploring these dimensions through case discussion provides the opportunity to increase sensitivity to the ethical issues, to foster professional problem-solving skills, and to gain knowledge of relevant facts, principles and laws.

All cases are based on real events that occurred in medicine. Our sources of case material included personal experiences of some physician authors, published case reports by physicians, and reports by medical news reporters.

The topics addressed in the cases were prioritized through a survey of medical students and residents and a Delphi survey of experts and stakeholders in the area of medical business ethics. The indices at the end of the Casebook present the highest-ranked topics that were identified by the Delphi panelists and identifies which cases address the topic.

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Please help us continue to improve the Bander case book. If you facilitated a discussion using one or more of the cases, fill out a short evaluation.