For Patients: A Guide to Incidental Findings

Primary findings are the results your clinicians (doctors, nurses, or technicians) are looking for when they conduct tests.  Incidental findings are results that they discover, even though they were not looking for them.  The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) released a report that helps clinicians manage these incidental findings.  This guide helps you understand what those findings might be, and what questions you should ask during your visit to prepare for them.

Download the patient primer here. 

Ethically Sound Episodes

The Bioethics Commission has launched a new podcast series entitled Ethically Sound.  

Each podcast is playable direct online from the link(s) below or from SoundCloud, iTunes or the Ethically Sound Playlist on Youtube.  Follow the hashtag #EthicallySound for launch announcements.

Safeguarding Children

Ethics and Ebola

Anticipate and Communicate

Privacy & Progress

Gray Matters

New Directions

Moral Science

Ethically Impossible

Bioethics for Every Generation

Charting a Path Forward

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