Is It Ethical to Use Prognostic Estimates from Machine Learning to Treat Psychosis?

AMA J Ethics. 2018 Sep 1;20(9):E804-811. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2018.804.


Machine learning is a method for predicting clinically relevant variables, such as opportunities for early intervention, potential treatment response, prognosis, and health outcomes. This commentary examines the following ethical questions about machine learning in a case of a patient with new onset psychosis: (1) When is clinical innovation ethically acceptable? (2) How should clinicians communicate with patients about the ethical issues raised by a machine learning predictive model?

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Machine Learning*
  • Morals
  • Prognosis
  • Psychotic Disorders*
  • Treatment Outcome