Ethics in Public Health, medical law, and health policy

Section edited by Stuart Nicholls and Jeremy Snyder

This section will include manuscripts focused on ethical aspects of public health, health promotion and government action related to health care, as well as manuscripts focused on ethical questions in health care policies, judicial decisions and legislation relating to medical issues.

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  1. 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

  2. Correspondence

    On normative judgments and ethics

    Recent rapid technological and medical advance has more than ever before brought to the fore a spectrum of problems broadly categorized under the umbrella of ‘ethics of human enhancement’. Some of the most con...

    Ognjen Arandjelović

    BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:75

    Published on: 22 November 2016

  3. Research article

    Public responses to the sharing and linkage of health data for research purposes: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative studies

    The past 10 years have witnessed a significant growth in sharing of health data for secondary uses. Alongside this there has been growing interest in the public acceptability of data sharing and data linkage p...

    Mhairi Aitken, Jenna de St. Jorre, Claudia Pagliari, Ruth Jepson and Sarah Cunningham-Burley

    BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:73

    Published on: 10 November 2016

  4. Research article

    Research in disaster settings: a systematic qualitative review of ethical guidelines

    Conducting research during or in the aftermath of disasters poses many specific practical and ethical challenges. This is particularly the case with research involving human subjects. The extraordinary circums...

    Signe Mezinska, Péter Kakuk, Goran Mijaljica, Marcin Waligóra and Dónal P. O’Mathúna

    BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:62

    Published on: 21 October 2016

  5. Research article

    An empirical study of the ‘underscreened’ in organised cervical screening: experts focus on increasing opportunity as a way of reducing differences in screening rates

    Cervical cancer disproportionately burdens disadvantaged women. Organised cervical screening aims to make cancer prevention available to all women in a population, yet screening uptake and cancer incidence and...

    Jane H. Williams and Stacy M. Carter

    BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:56

    Published on: 6 October 2016

  6. Research article

    Young people’s views about the purpose and composition of research ethics committees: findings from the PEARL qualitative study

    Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) is a birth cohort study within which the Project to Enhance ALSPAC through Record Linkage (PEARL) was established to enrich the ALSPAC resource through ...

    Suzanne Audrey, Lindsey Brown, Rona Campbell, Andy Boyd and John Macleod

    BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:53

    Published on: 2 September 2016

  7. Research article

    Dying well with reduced agency: a scoping review and thematic synthesis of the decision-making process in dementia, traumatic brain injury and frailty

    In most Anglophone nations, policy and law increasingly foster an autonomy-based model, raising issues for large numbers of people who fail to fit the paradigm, and indicating problems in translating practical...

    Giles Birchley, Kerry Jones, Richard Huxtable, Jeremy Dixon, Jenny Kitzinger and Linda Clare

    BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:46

    Published on: 27 July 2016

  8. Review

    Has the biobank bubble burst? Withstanding the challenges for sustainable biobanking in the digital era

    Biobanks have been heralded as essential tools for translating biomedical research into practice, driving precision medicine to improve pathways for global healthcare treatment and services. Many nations have ...

    Don Chalmers, Dianne Nicol, Jane Kaye, Jessica Bell, Alastair V. Campbell, Calvin W. L. Ho, Kazuto Kato, Jusaku Minari, Chih-hsing Ho, Colin Mitchell, Fruzsina Molnár-Gábor, Margaret Otlowski, Daniel Thiel, Stephanie M. Fullerton and Tess Whitton

    BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:39

    Published on: 12 July 2016

  9. Debate

    Challenges and opportunities for ELSI early career researchers

    Over the past 25 years, there has been growing recognition of the importance of studying the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of genetic and genomic research. A large investment into ELSI research...

    Jessica Bell, Mirko Ancillotti, Victoria Coathup, Sarah Coy, Tessel Rigter, Travis Tatum, Jasjote Grewal, Faruk Berat Akcesme, Jovana Brkić, Anida Causevic-Ramosevac, Goran Milovanovic, Marianna Nobile, Cristiana Pavlidis, Teresa Finlay and Jane Kaye

    BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:37

    Published on: 8 July 2016

  10. Debate

    Citizen science or scientific citizenship? Disentangling the uses of public engagement rhetoric in national research initiatives

    The language of “participant-driven research,” “crowdsourcing” and “citizen science” is increasingly being used to encourage the public to become involved in research ventures as both subjects and scientists. ...

    J. Patrick Woolley, Michelle L. McGowan, Harriet J. A. Teare, Victoria Coathup, Jennifer R. Fishman, Richard A. Settersten, Sigrid Sterckx, Jane Kaye and Eric T. Juengst

    BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:33

    Published on: 4 June 2016

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