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  1. Content type: Research article

    International research guidance has shifted towards an increasingly proactive inclusion of children and adolescents in health research in recognition of the need for more evidence-based treatment. Strong calls...

    Authors: Vicki Marsh, Nancy Mwangome, Irene Jao, Katharine Wright, Sassy Molyneux and Alun Davies

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:41

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Armed conflict in Darfur, west Sudan since 2003 has led to the influx of about 100 international humanitarian UN and non-governmental organizations to help the affected population. Many of their humanitarian i...

    Authors: Ghaiath Hussein and Khalifa Elmusharaf

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:40

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Ethical approval (EA) must be obtained before medical research can start. We describe the differences in EA for an pseudonymous, non-interventional, observational European study.

    Authors: Dylan W. de Lange, Bertrand Guidet, Finn H. Andersen, Antonio Artigas, Guidio Bertolini, Rui Moreno, Steffen Christensen, Maurizio Cecconi, Christina Agvald-Ohman, Primoz Gradisek, Christian Jung, Brian J. Marsh, Sandra Oeyen, Bernardo Bollen Pinto, Wojciech Szczeklik, Ximena Watson…

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:39

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The exportation of unethical practices to low- and middle-income countries (“Ethics Dumping”) has been conceived as a prevalent practice which needs to be examined more closely. Such a practice might point tow...

    Authors: Novoa-Heckel Germán and Bernabe Rosemarie

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:38

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  5. Content type: Debate

    Sickle cell anemia (SCA) is a major genetic disease with the greatest burden in sub-Saharan Africa. To try to help reduce this burden, some churches in Nigeria conduct premarital sickle cell hemoglobin screeni...

    Authors: Euzebus C. Ezugwu, Pauline E. Osamor and David Wendler

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:37

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The work of general practitioners (GPs) is infused by norms from several movements, of which evidence based medicine, patient-centredness, and virtue ethics are some of the most influential. Their precepts are...

    Authors: Linus Johnsson and Lena Nordgren

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:33

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Paediatric research in low-income countries is essential to tackle high childhood mortality. As with all research, consent is an essential part of ethical practice for paediatric studies. Ethics guidelines rec...

    Authors: Helen Mangochi, Kate Gooding, Aisleen Bennett, Michael Parker, Nicola Desmond and Susan Bull

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:32

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  8. Content type: Research article

    During the set-up phase of an international study of genetic influences on outcomes from sepsis, we aimed to characterise potential differences in ethics approval processes and outcomes in participating Europe...

    Authors: Ascanio Tridente, Paul A. H. Holloway, Paula Hutton, Anthony C. Gordon, Gary H. Mills, Geraldine M. Clarke, Jean-Daniel Chiche, Frank Stuber, Christopher Garrard, Charles Hinds and Julian Bion

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:30

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  9. Content type: Debate

    Ensuring that countries have adequate research capacities is essential for an effective and efficient response to infectious disease outbreaks. The need for ethical principles and values embodied in internatio...

    Authors: Abha Saxena, Peter Horby, John Amuasi, Nic Aagaard, Johannes Köhler, Ehsan Shamsi Gooshki, Emmanuelle Denis, Andreas A. Reis and Raffaella Ravinetto

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:29

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Substituted judgment assumes adequate knowledge of patient’s mind-set. However, surrogates’ prediction of individual healthcare decisions is often inadequate and may be based on shared background rather than p...

    Authors: Muhammad M. Hammami, Kafa Abuhdeeb, Muhammad B. Hammami, Sophia J. S. De Padua and Areej Al-Balkhi

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:28

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  11. Content type: Debate

    There is unanimous agreement regarding the need to ethically conduct research for improving therapy for patients admitted to hospital with acute conditions, including in emergency obstetric care. We present a ...

    Authors: Dan K. Kaye, Gershom Chongwe and Nelson K. Sewankambo

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:27

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Professional ethics is one of the important topics, which includes various rights such as respecting the patient’s right to choose (autonomy), being useful (beneficence), being harmless (non- maleficence), and...

    Authors: Haleh Jafari, Alireza Khatony, Alireza Abdi and Faranak Jafari

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:26

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Endeavors have been made to found and incorporate ethical values in most aspects of healthcare, including health technology assessment. Health technologies and their assessment are value-laden and could trigge...

    Authors: Amal Matar, Mats G. Hansson and Anna T. Höglund

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:25

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  14. Content type: Correction

    It has come to our attention that in the original article [1] information regarding dates was omitted. The data in this study were obtained in Switzerland four years before the entering into force of the new S...

    Authors: Flora Colledge, Sophie De Massougnes and Bernice Elger

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:24

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    The original article was published in BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:93

  15. Content type: Research article

    Family members do not have an official position in the practice of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide (EAS) in the Netherlands according to statutory regulations and related guidelines. However, recent ...

    Authors: Bernadette Roest, Margo Trappenburg and Carlo Leget

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:23

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Medical assistance in dying (MAID) was legalized in Canada in 2016. As of July 2017, approximately 2149 patients have accessed MAID. There remains no national-level data on the perspectives of future physician...

    Authors: James Falconer, Félix Couture, Koray K. Demir, Michael Lang, Zachary Shefman and Mark Woo

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:22

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Large-scale linkage of international clinical datasets could lead to unique insights into disease aetiology and facilitate treatment evaluation and drug development. Hereto, multi-stakeholder consortia are cur...

    Authors: Shona Kalkman, Menno Mostert, Christoph Gerlinger, Johannes J. M. van Delden and Ghislaine J. M. W. van Thiel

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:21

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  18. Content type: Debate

    End-of-life disputes in Ontario are currently overwhelmingly assessed through the singular lens of patient autonomy. The current dispute resolution mechanism(s) does not adequately consider evidence-based medi...

    Authors: Joshua T. Landry, Rakesh Patel, David Neilipovitz, Kwadwo Kyeremanteng and Gianni D’Egidio

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:20

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The doctor-patient relationship has evolved to respect “the autonomy and patients’ rights”. One of the cornerstones in such autonomy is the opportunity for patients to draw living wills, also known as advance ...

    Authors: Sidonie Hubert, Sarah Wainschtein, Albane Hugues, Caroline Schimpf, Thècle Degroote, Kelly Tiercelet, Marc Tran, Cédric Bruel and Francois Philippart

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:19

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The rapid expansion of research on Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) is not only due to the promising solutions offered for persons with physical impairments. There is also a heightened need for understanding B...

    Authors: Johannes Kögel, Jennifer R. Schmid, Ralf J. Jox and Orsolya Friedrich

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:18

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  21. Content type: Debate

    In December 2017, Law 219/2017, ‘Provisions for informed consent and advance directives’, was approved in Italy. The law is the culmination of a year-long process and the subject of heated debate throughout It...

    Authors: Marco Di Paolo, Federica Gori, Luigi Papi and Emanuela Turillazzi

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:17

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  22. Content type: Debate

    Even after several decades of human drug development, there remains an absence of published, substantial, comprehensive data to validate the use of animals in preclinical drug testing, and to point to their pr...

    Authors: Jarrod Bailey and Michael Balls

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:16

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Physicians play a substantial role in facilitating communication regarding life-supporting treatment decision-making including do-not-resuscitate (DNR) in the intensive care units (ICU). Physician-related fact...

    Authors: Kuan-Han Lin, Shu-Chien Huang, Chih-Hsien Wang, Chau-Chung, Tzong-Shinn Chu and Yen-Yuan Chen

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:15

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Medicine has undergone substantial changes in the way medical dilemmas are being dealt with. Here we explore the attitude of Israeli physicians to two debatable dilemmas: disclosing the full truth to patients ...

    Authors: Baruch Velan, Arnona Ziv, Giora Kaplan, Carmit Rubin, Yaron Connelly, Tami Karni and Orna Tal

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:13

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  25. Content type: Research article

    In Victoria, Australia, the law regulating abortion was reformed in 2008, and a clause (‘Section 8’) was introduced requiring doctors with a conscientious objection to abortion to refer women to another provid...

    Authors: Louise Anne Keogh, Lynn Gillam, Marie Bismark, Kathleen McNamee, Amy Webster, Christine Bayly and Danielle Newton

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:11

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  26. Content type: Research article

    The consent and community engagement process for research with Indigenous communities is rarely evaluated. Research protocols are not always collaborative, inclusive or culturally respectful. If participants d...

    Authors: Emily FM Fitzpatrick, Gaynor Macdonald, Alexandra LC Martiniuk, June Oscar, Heather D’Antoine, Maureen Carter, Tom Lawford and Elizabeth J Elliott

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:12

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Consent processes for clinical trials involving HIV prevention research have generated considerable debate globally over the past three decades. HIV cure/eradication research is scientifically more complex and...

    Authors: Keymanthri Moodley, Ciara Staunton, Theresa Rossouw, Malcolm de Roubaix, Zoe Duby and Donald Skinner

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:9

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Obtaining adequate informed consent from trauma patients is challenging and time-consuming. Healthcare providers must communicate complicated medical information to enable patients to make informed decisions. ...

    Authors: Yen-Ko Lin, Kuan-Ting Liu, Chao-Wen Chen, Wei-Che Lee, Chia-Ju Lin, Leiyu Shi and Yin-Chun Tien

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:8

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  29. Content type: Correspondence

    In 2017 Ploug and Holm argued that anonymizing individuals in the Danish circumcision registry was insufficient to protect these individuals from what they regard as the potential harms of being in the registr...

    Authors: Robert S. Van Howe, Morten Frisch, Peter W. Adler and J. Steven Svoboda

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:6

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    The original article was published in BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:53

  30. Content type: Debate

    The concepts of disease, illness and sickness capture fundamentally different aspects of phenomena related to human ailments and healthcare. The philosophy and theory of medicine are making manifold efforts to...

    Authors: Anna-Henrikje Seidlein and Sabine Salloch

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:5

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Questions concerning the parent/ patient’s autonomy are seen as one of the most important reasons for requesting Ethics Consultations (ECs). Respecting parent/ patient’s autonomy also means respecting the pati...

    Authors: Mirella Muggli, Christian De Geyter and Stella Reiter-Theil

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:4

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Increasing adoption of electronic health records in hospitals provides new opportunities for patient data to support public health advances. Such learning healthcare models have generated ethical debate in hig...

    Authors: Daniel Mbuthia, Sassy Molyneux, Maureen Njue, Salim Mwalukore and Vicki Marsh

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:3

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The rapid increase of industry-sponsored clinical research towards developing countries has led to potentially complex ethical issues to assess. There is scarce evidence about the perception of these participa...

    Authors: Gerardo González-Saldivar, René Rodríguez-Gutiérrez, Jose Luis Viramontes-Madrid, Alejandro Salcido-Montenegro, Neri Alejandro Álvarez-Villalobos, Victoria González-Nava and José Gerardo González-González

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:2

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Informed consent (IC) is an essential step in helping patients be aware of consequences of their treatment decisions. With surgery, it is vitally important for patients to understand the risks and benefits of ...

    Authors: Erminia Agozzino, Sharon Borrelli, Mariagrazia Cancellieri, Fabiola Michela Carfora, Teresa Di Lorenzo and Francesco Attena

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:1

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  35. Content type: Debate

    A trend called ‘African bioethics’ is growing on the continent due to perceptions of existing bioethics, especially guidelines for international collaborative research, as ‘ethical imperialism’. As a potential...

    Authors: John Barugahare

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:98

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Moral Case Deliberations (MCDs) are reflective dialogues with a group of participants on their own moral dilemmas. Although MCD is successful as clinical ethics support (CES), it also has limitations. 1. Lesso...

    Authors: L. A. Hartman, S. Metselaar, A. C. Molewijk, H. M. Edelbroek and G. A. M. Widdershoven

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:97

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Genuine uncertainty on superiority of one intervention over the other is called equipoise. Physician-investigators in randomized controlled trials (RCT) need equipoise at least in studies with more than minima...

    Authors: Petra C. E. Hissink Muller, Bahar Yildiz, Cornelia F. Allaart, Danielle M. C. Brinkman, Marion van Rossum, Lisette W. A. van Suijlekom-Smit, J. Merlijn van den Berg, Rebecca ten Cate and Martine C. de Vries

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:96

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Emergency care providers regularly deal with ethical dilemmas that must be addressed. In comparison with in-hospital nurses, emergency medical service (EMS) personnel are faced with more problems such as dista...

    Authors: Mohammad Torabi, Fariba Borhani, Abbas Abbaszadeh and Foroozan Atashzadeh-Shoorideh

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:95

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  39. Content type: Debate

    Thus far, little work in bioethics has specifically focused on global health research priority-setting. Yet features of global health research priority-setting raise ethical considerations and concerns related...

    Authors: Bridget Pratt, Mark Sheehan, Nicola Barsdorf and Adnan A. Hyder

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:94

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  40. Content type: Research article

    In Switzerland, research with identifiable human tissue samples, and/or its accompanying data, must be approved by a research ethics committee (REC) before it can be allowed to take place. However, as the dema...

    Authors: Flora Colledge, Sophie De Massougnes and Bernice Elger

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:93

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:24

  41. Content type: Research article

    Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of the Human Immunodeficiency –Virus (HIV) is a serious public health problem, contributing up to 90% of childhood HIV infections. In Tanzania, the prevention-of-mother-to-c...

    Authors: Tausi S. Haruna, Evelyne Assenga and Judith Shayo

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:92

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  42. Content type: Study protocol

    Randomized controlled trial (RCT) trial designs exist on an explanatory-pragmatic spectrum, depending on the degree to which a study aims to address a question of efficacy or effectiveness. As conceptualized b...

    Authors: Stuart G. Nicholls, Kelly Carroll, Jamie Brehaut, Charles Weijer, Spencer Phillips Hey, Cory E. Goldstein, Merrick Zwarenstein, Ian D. Graham, Joanne E. McKenzie, Lauralyn McIntyre, Vipul Jairath, Marion K. Campbell, Jeremy M. Grimshaw, Dean A. Fergusson and Monica Taljaard

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:90

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