CEJA to develop guidelines for participation in interrogations
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Nov. 28, 2005
The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs will develop clear guidelines for physicians who participate in prisoner and detainee interrogations. The AMA House of Delegates earlier this month at its Interim Meeting in Dallas directed CEJA to seek input from "all appropriate AMA stakeholders" in developing the guidelines. Physicians raised the issue because doctors are often called on to treat prisoners who have had interrogation techniques such as hypnosis, drugs to lower inhibitions, and sensory deprivation used on them.
The full house approved the resolution without debate. The AMA already has policy endorsing ongoing formal monitoring of U.S. interrogation practices.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2005/11/28/prbf1128.htm.