Dr Zoë Fritz
- College positions:
FellowDirector of Studies in Clinical Medicine
- Subjects: Medicine
MA (Gonville and Caius College, University Cambridge), MBBS (Honours) (Imperial College), PhD in Health Sciences (University of Warwick).
Her work has stretched from developing and assessing a new approach to Resuscitation decisions (ReSPECT for healthcare professionals | Resuscitation Council UK - she chairs the ReSPECT subcommittee for RCUK); proposing changes to the law around the withdrawal of artificial nutrition in those in a persistent vegetative state; researching how clinicians make decisions to refer and admit patients to ICU; working with colleagues in the faculty of philosophy on the relationship between trust, questioning and the issue of “Too Much Medicine’; considering issues of when nondisclosure is morally permissible in a medical setting; and proposing an adapted Rawlsian as a guiding philosophy for the NHS.
She is currently examining how uncertainty in diagnosis is communicated between patients and clinicians and documented. Uncertainty is ubiquitous in medicine, and yet there is very sparse evidence on how this is done, how much it varies, and the impacts (for example on the likelihood of a patient reattending with the same problem) of communicating or not communicating uncertainty in diagnosis. This is an interdisciplinary project, which includes ethnography, vignette studies, case law analysis and philosophical enquiry.
Music, tennis, and theatre – as both participant and audience in all three.
Contributing to children’s books about the body and about going to hospital.
Cox, C., & Fritz, Z. (2022). Presenting complaint: use of language that disempowers patients. BMJ, 377, e066720. doi:10.1136/bmj-2021-066720
Liddell K, Skopek JM, Le Gallez I, Fritz Z. Differentiating Negligent Standards of Care in Diagnosis. Med Law Rev. 2022;30(1):33-59.
Fritz, Z., Schlindwein, A., & Slowther, A. M. (2019). Patient engagement or information overload: patient and physician views on sharing the medical record in the acute setting. Clin Med (Lond), 19(5), 386-391.
Fritz, Z., & Cox, C. L. (2020). Integrating philosophy, policy and practice to create a just and fair health service. J Med Ethics, 46(12), 797-802.
Hawkes, C. A., Fritz, Z., Deas, G., Ahmedzai, S. H., Richardson, A., Pitcher, D., . . . Re, S. w. g. c. (2020). Development of the Recommended Summary Plan for eEmergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT). Resuscitation, 148, 98-107
Fritz, Z., & Holton, R. (2019). Too much medicine: not enough trust? J Med Ethics, 45(1), 31-35. doi:10.1136/medethics-2018-104866
Resuscitation policy should focus on the patient, not the decision
Zoë Fritz, Anne-Marie Slowther, Gavin Perkins BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j813 (Published 28 February 2017) PMC5330195
Can ‘Best Interests’ redirect the trolley? Examining withdrawal of Clinically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration in patients in a Permanent Vegetative State - Zoe Fritz J Med Ethics. 2016 Aug 31. pii: medethics-2015-103045. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2015-103045. [Epub ahead of print]
Should non-disclosures be considered as morally equivalent to lies within the doctor-patient relationship?" Cox, C. L. and Z. Fritz (2016). J Med Ethics 2016 42(10): 632-635.
Do-not-attempt-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation decisions: an evidence synthesis. Health Serv Deliv Res 2016;4(11) Perkins GD, Griffiths F, Slowther A-M, George R, Fritz Z, Satherley P, et al.
Development of the Universal Form of Treatment Options (UFTO) as an alternative to Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) orders: a cross-disciplinary approach. Fritz Z, Fuld J. J Eval Clin Pract. 2015 Feb;21(1):109-17.
The Universal Form of Treatment Options (UFTO) as an Alternative to Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) Orders: A Mixed Methods Evaluation of the Effects on Clinical Practice and Patient Care. Fritz Z, Malyon A, Frankau JM, Parker RA, Cohn S, Laroche CM, Palmer CR, Fuld JP PLoS One 2013;8(9):e70977.