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Bioethics in a clinic for women with psychosis
  1. Mary V Seeman1,
  2. Bob Seeman2
  1. 1Professor Emerita, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  2. 2CEO Clera, Toronto, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mary V Seeman, 260 Heath St W Suite 260, Toronto, Ontario M5P 3L6; mary.seeman{at}


Clinical ethics takes on a special cast in a rehabilitation clinic for psychosis where many patients come from severely disadvantaged backgrounds and many suffer from fluctuating decisional capacity. This paper illustrates several ethical issues—truth telling and partiality, prescribing concealed medication, questionable billing practices, industry collaboration, limits of confidentiality, grounds for abandonment and the primacy of autonomy—in the hope that discussing such matters will lead to a clearer framework for work with this population.

  • Psychosis
  • ethics
  • confidentiality
  • autonomy
  • truth telling
  • confidentiality/privacy
  • right to refuse treatment
  • women
  • psychopharmacology
  • family

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  • Competing interests The authors are associated with a small pharmaceutical start-up company, CLERA. Mary Seeman is the Medical Advisor. Bob Seeman is the CEO.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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