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  1. Debate

    Core information sets for informed consent to surgical interventions: baseline information of importance to patients and clinicians

    Consent remains a crucial, yet challenging, cornerstone of clinical practice. The ethical, legal and professional understandings of this construct have evolved away from a doctor-centred act to a patient-centr...

    Barry G. Main, Angus G. K. McNair, Richard Huxtable, Jenny L. Donovan, Steven J. Thomas, Paul Kinnersley and Jane M. Blazeby

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:29

    Published on: 26 April 2017

  2. Correspondence

    The elusive ideal of inclusiveness: lessons from a worldwide survey of neurologists on the ethical issues raised by whole-genome sequencing

    The anticipation of ethical issues that may arise with the clinical use of genomic technologies is crucial to envision their future implementation in a manner sensitive to local contexts. Yet, populations in l...

    Thierry Hurlimann, Iris Jaitovich Groisman and Béatrice Godard

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:28

    Published on: 11 April 2017

  3. Debate

    Fair is fair: We must re-allocate livers for transplant

    The 11 original regions for organ allocation in the United States were determined by proximity between hospitals that provided deceased donors and transplant programs. As liver transplants became more successf...

    Brendan Parent and Arthur L. Caplan

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:26

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  4. Research article

    Smart homes, private homes? An empirical study of technology researchers’ perceptions of ethical issues in developing smart-home health technologies

    Smart-home technologies, comprising environmental sensors, wearables and video are attracting interest in home healthcare delivery. Development of such technology is usually justified on the basis of the techn...

    Giles Birchley, Richard Huxtable, Madeleine Murtagh, Ruud ter Meulen, Peter Flach and Rachael Gooberman-Hill

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:23

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  5. Research article

    The ECOUTER methodology for stakeholder engagement in translational research

    Because no single person or group holds knowledge about all aspects of research, mechanisms are needed to support knowledge exchange and engagement. Expertise in the research setting necessarily includes scien...

    Madeleine J. Murtagh, Joel T. Minion, Andrew Turner, Rebecca C. Wilson, Mwenza Blell, Cynthia Ochieng, Barnaby Murtagh, Stephanie Roberts, Oliver W. Butters and Paul R Burton

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:24

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  6. Research article

    A qualitative study of participants’ views on re-consent in a longitudinal biobank

    Biomedical research increasingly relies on long-term studies involving use and re-use of biological samples and data stored in large repositories or “biobanks” over lengthy periods, often raising questions abo...

    Mary Dixon-Woods, David Kocman, Liz Brewster, Janet Willars, Graeme Laurie and Carolyn Tarrant

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:22

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  7. Research article

    Principle-based structured case discussions: do they foster moral competence in medical students? - A pilot study

    Recent findings suggest that medical students’ moral competence decreases throughout medical school. This pilot study gives preliminary insights into the effects of two educational interventions in ethics clas...

    Orsolya Friedrich, Kay Hemmerling, Katja Kuehlmeyer, Stefanie Nörtemann, Martin Fischer and Georg Marckmann

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:21

    Published on: 3 March 2017

  8. Research article

    The importance of professional values from clinical nurses’ perspective in hospitals of a medical university in Iran

    Today, nurses are required to have knowledge and awareness concerning professional values as standards to provide safe and high-quality ethical care. Nurses’ perspective on professional values affects decision...

    Batool Poorchangizi, Jamileh Farokhzadian, Abbas Abbaszadeh, Moghaddameh Mirzaee and Fariba Borhani

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:20

    Published on: 1 March 2017

  9. Research article

    Implicit bias in healthcare professionals: a systematic review

    Implicit biases involve associations outside conscious awareness that lead to a negative evaluation of a person on the basis of irrelevant characteristics such as race or gender. This review examines the evide...

    Chloë FitzGerald and Samia Hurst

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:19

    Published on: 1 March 2017

  10. Debate

    Donation after brain circulation determination of death

    The fundamental determinant of death in donation after circulatory determination of death is the cessation of brain circulation and function. We therefore propose the term donation after brain circulation determi...

    Anne L. Dalle Ave and James L. Bernat

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:15

    Published on: 23 February 2017

  11. Research article

    How to introduce medical ethics at the bedside - Factors influencing the implementation of an ethical decision-making model

    As the implementation of new approaches and procedures of medical ethics is as complex and resource-consuming as in other fields, strategies and activities must be carefully planned to use the available means ...

    Barbara Meyer-Zehnder, Heidi Albisser Schleger, Sabine Tanner, Valentin Schnurrer, Deborah R. Vogt, Stella Reiter-Theil and Hans Pargger

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:16

    Published on: 23 February 2017

  12. Research article

    To change or not to change - translating and culturally adapting the paediatric version of the Moral Distress Scale-Revised (MDS-R)

    Paediatric cancer care poses ethically difficult situations that can lead to value conflicts about what is best for the child, possibly resulting in moral distress. Research on moral distress is lacking in pae...

    Margareta af Sandeberg, Marika Wenemark, Cecilia Bartholdson, Kim Lützén and Pernilla Pergert

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:14

    Published on: 20 February 2017

  13. Research article

    Beyond cultural stereotyping: views on end-of-life decision making among religious and secular persons in the USA, Germany, and Israel

    End-of-life decision making constitutes a major challenge for bioethical deliberation and political governance in modern democracies: On the one hand, it touches upon fundamental convictions about life, death,...

    Mark Schweda, Silke Schicktanz, Aviad Raz and Anita Silvers

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:13

    Published on: 17 February 2017

  14. Research article

    “I passed the test!” Evidence of diagnostic misconception in the recruitment of population controls for an H3Africa genomic study in Cape Town, South Africa

    Advances in genetic and genomic research have introduced challenges in obtaining informed consent for research in low and middle-income settings. However, there are only few studies that have explored challeng...

    Francis Masiye, Bongani Mayosi and Jantina de Vries

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:12

    Published on: 15 February 2017

  15. Debate

    Human rights violations in organ procurement practice in China

    Over 90% of the organs transplanted in China before 2010 were procured from prisoners. Although Chinese officials announced in December 2014 that the country would completely cease using organs harvested from ...

    Norbert W. Paul, Arthur Caplan, Michael E. Shapiro, Charl Els, Kirk C. Allison and Huige Li

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:11

    Published on: 8 February 2017

  16. Research article

    Clinical ethics issues in HIV care in Canada: an institutional ethnographic study

    This is a study involving three HIV clinics in the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Manitoba. We sought to identify ethical issues involving health care providers and clinic clients in thes...

    Chris Kaposy, Nicole R. Greenspan, Zack Marshall, Jill Allison, Shelley Marshall and Cynthia Kitson

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:9

    Published on: 6 February 2017

  17. Research article

    Ethical framework for the detection, management and communication of incidental findings in imaging studies, building on an interview study of researchers’ practices and perspectives

    As thousands of healthy research participants are being included in small and large imaging studies, it is essential that dilemmas raised by the detection of incidental findings are adequately handled. Current...

    Eline M. Bunnik, Lisa van Bodegom, Wim Pinxten, Inez D. de Beaufort and Meike W. Vernooij

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:10

    Published on: 6 February 2017

  18. Research article

    Defining reasonable patient standard and preference for shared decision making among patients undergoing anaesthesia in Singapore

    A cross-sectional study to ascertain what the Singapore population would regard as material risk in the anaesthesia consent-taking process and identify demographic factors that predict patient preferences in m...

    J.L.J. Yek, A.K.Y. Lee, J.A.D. Tan, G.Y. Lin, T. Thamotharampillai and H.R. Abdullah

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:6

    Published on: 2 February 2017

  19. Research article

    Regulation of genomic and biobanking research in Africa: a content analysis of ethics guidelines, policies and procedures from 22 African countries

    The introduction of genomics and biobanking methodologies to the African research context has also introduced novel ways of doing science, based on values of sharing and reuse of data and samples. This shift r...

    Jantina de Vries, Syntia Nchangwi Munung, Alice Matimba, Sheryl McCurdy, Odile Ouwe Missi Oukem-Boyer, Ciara Staunton, Aminu Yakubu and Paulina Tindana

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:8

    Published on: 2 February 2017

  20. Research article

    Measuring value sensitivity in medicine

    Value sensitivity – the ability to recognize value-related issues when they arise in practice – is an indispensable competence for medical practitioners to enter decision-making processes related to ethical qu...

    Christian Ineichen, Markus Christen and Carmen Tanner

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:5

    Published on: 28 January 2017

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