Ethics, Youth and the Opioid Crisis

What do we do when youth are in danger of dying as a result of severe substance use? Is it ethical to force youth into treatment against their will? For this article, I collaborated with four other clinical ethicists to present an analysis of ethical issues involved in the use of secure care for youth with severe substance use disorders.

Clark, B. A., Preto, N., Everett, B., Young, J. M., & Virani, A. (2018). An ethical perspective on the use of secure care for youth with severe substance use. CMAJ.

Access to Primary Care for Non-binary Youth

Research is starting to catch up with the increasing numbers of youth with non-binary genders. These youth face unique challenges in the world and are reporting troubling health risks and outcomes. Ensuring these youth have access to basic health care is essential. Therefore, this article explores the challenges non-binary youth face in accessing gender-affirming primary care and the role health care providers can play in improving care for this population.

Clark, B. A., Veale, J., Townsend, M., Frohard-Dourlent, H., Saewyc, E. (2018). Non-binary youth: Access to gender affirming primary health care. International Journal of Transgenderism, 19(2)158-169. doi:10.1080/15532739.2017.1394954

Vulnerability in Health Care

What does it mean to be vulnerable? Who decides who is or is not vulnerable? Are there benefits or harms associated with labeling certain groups as vulnerable or marginalized or underserved? In this invited commentary in CMAJ, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, we explore these questions in our exploration of the concept of vulnerability in health care.

Clark, B., & Preto, N. (2018). Exploring the concept of vulnerability in health care. CMAJ, 190(11), E308-9. doi:10.1503/cmaj.180242