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  1. Research article

    Familiar ethical issues amplified: how members of research ethics committees describe ethical distinctions between disaster and non-disaster research

    The conduct of research in settings affected by disasters such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes is challenging, particularly when infrastructures and resources were already limited pre-disaster. However, ...

    Catherine M. Tansey, James Anderson, Renaud F. Boulanger, Lisa Eckenwiler, John Pringle, Lisa Schwartz and Matthew Hunt

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:44

    Published on: 28 June 2017

  2. Debate

    Ethics review of studies during public health emergencies - the experience of the WHO ethics review committee during the Ebola virus disease epidemic

    Between 2013 and 2016, West Africa experienced the largest ever outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease. In the absence of registered treatments or vaccines to control this lethal disease, the World Health Organizatio...

    Emilie Alirol, Annette C. Kuesel, Maria Magdalena Guraiib, Vânia de la Fuente-Núñez, Abha Saxena and Melba F. Gomes

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:43

    Published on: 26 June 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:45

  3. Research article

    Staff’s normative attitudes towards coercion: the role of moral doubt and professional context—a cross-sectional survey study

    The use of coercion is morally problematic and requires an ongoing critical reflection. We wondered if not knowing or being uncertain whether coercion is morally right or justified (i.e. experiencing moral dou...

    Bert Molewijk, Almar Kok, Tonje Husum, Reidar Pedersen and Olaf Aasland

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:37

    Published on: 25 May 2017

  4. Research Article

    Written versus verbal consent: a qualitative study of stakeholder views of consent procedures used at the time of recruitment into a peripartum trial conducted in an emergency setting

    Obtaining prospective written consent from women to participate in trials when they are experiencing an obstetric emergency is challenging. Alternative consent pathways, such as gaining verbal consent at enrol...

    J. Lawton, N. Hallowell, C. Snowdon, J. E. Norman, K. Carruthers and F. C. Denison

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:36

    Published on: 24 May 2017

  5. Research article

    The Picture Talk Project: Starting a Conversation with Community Leaders on Research with Remote Aboriginal Communities of Australia

    Researchers are required to seek consent from Indigenous communities prior to conducting research but there is inadequate information about how Indigenous people understand and become fully engaged with this c...

    E.F.M. Fitzpatrick, G. Macdonald, A.L.C. Martiniuk, H. D’Antoine, J. Oscar, M. Carter, T. Lawford and E.J. Elliott

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:34

    Published on: 11 May 2017

  6. Research article

    Self-tests for influenza: an empirical ethics investigation

    In this article we aim to assess the ethical desirability of self-test diagnostic kits for influenza, focusing in particular on the potential benefits and challenges posed by a new, mobile phone-based tool cur...

    Benedict Rumbold, Clare Wenham and James Wilson

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:33

    Published on: 5 May 2017

  7. Research article

    Assessment of knowledge about biobanking among healthcare students and their willingness to donate biospecimens

    Biobanks and biospecimen collections are becoming a primary means of delivering personalized diagnostics and tailoring individualized therapeutics. This shift towards precision medicine (PM) requires interacti...

    Leena Merdad, Lama Aldakhil, Rawan Gadi, Mourad Assidi, Salina Y. Saddick, Adel Abuzenadah, Jim Vaught, Abdelbaset Buhmeida and Mohammed H. Al-Qahtani

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:32

    Published on: 2 May 2017

  8. Debate

    Ethics of health research with prisoners in Canada

    Despite the growing recognition for the need to improve the health of prisoners in Canada and the need for health research, there has been little discussion of the ethical issues with regards to health researc...

    Diego S. Silva, Flora I. Matheson and James V. Lavery

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:31

    Published on: 27 April 2017

  9. Editorial

    On classifying the field of medical ethics

    In 2014, the editorial board of BMC Medical Ethics came together to devise sections for the journal that would (a) give structure to the journal (b) help ensure that authors’ research is matched to the most appro...

    Kristine Bærøe, Jonathan Ives, Martine de Vries and Jan Schildmann

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:30

    Published on: 27 April 2017

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

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