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  1. Mental health professionals (MHP) working in court-mandated treatment settings face ethical dilemmas due to their dual role in assuring their patient’s well-being while guaranteeing the security of the populat...

    Authors: Helene Merkt, Sophie Haesen, Ariel Eytan, Elmar Habermeyer, Marcelo F. Aebi, Bernice Elger and Tenzin Wangmo

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:123

    Content type: Research article

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  2. With the increased use of implanted medical devices follows a large number of explantations. Implants are removed for a wide range of reasons, including manufacturing defects, recovery making the device unnece...

    Authors: Sven Ove Hansson

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:121

    Content type: Research

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  3. A patient who fulfils the due diligence requirements for euthanasia, and is medically suitable, is able to donate his organs after euthanasia in Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada. Since 2012, more than 70 pa...

    Authors: Najat Tajaâte, Nathalie van Dijk, Elien Pragt, David Shaw, A. Kempener-Deguelle, Wim de Jongh, Jan Bollen and Walther van Mook

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:120

    Content type: Case report

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  4. Healthcare professionals and surrogate decision-makers often face the difficult decision of whether to initiate or withhold antibiotics from people with dementia who have developed a life-threatening infection...

    Authors: Gina Bravo, Lieve Van den Block, Jocelyn Downie, Marcel Arcand and Lise Trottier

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:119

    Content type: Research

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  5. Verbal autopsy is a pragmatic approach for generating cause-of-death data in contexts without well-functioning civil registration and vital statistics systems. It has primarily been conducted in health and dem...

    Authors: Alex Hinga, Vicki Marsh, Amek Nyaguara, Marylene Wamukoya and Sassy Molyneux

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:118

    Content type: Research

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  6. Precision medicine development is driven by the possibilities of next generation sequencing, information technology and artificial intelligence and thus, raises a number of ethical questions. Empirical studies...

    Authors: Anke Erdmann, Christoph Rehmann-Sutter and Claudia Bozzaro

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:116

    Content type: Review

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  7. To determine to which degree industry partners in randomised clinical trials own the data and can constrain publication rights of academic investigators.

    Authors: Asger S. Paludan-Müller, Michelle C. Ogden, Mikkel Marquardsen, Karsten J. Jørgensen and Peter C. Gøtzsche

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:115

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Obtaining informed consent for intravenous thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke can be challenging, and little is known about if and how the informed consent procedure is performed by neurologists in clinical...

    Authors: Valentijn J. Zonjee, Jos P. L. Slenders, Frank de Beer, Marieke C. Visser, Bastiaan C. ter Meulen, Renske M. Van den Berg-Vos and Sander M. van Schaik

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:114

    Content type: Research

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  9. The Western-European concept of libertarian rights-based autonomy, which advocates respect for individual rights, may conflict with African cultural values and norms. African communitarian ethics focuses on th...

    Authors: Francis Akpa-Inyang and Sylvester C. Chima

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:111

    Content type: Research article

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  10. The rise of Big Data-driven health research challenges the assumed contribution of medical research to the public good, raising questions about whether the status of such research as a common good should be ta...

    Authors: Sam H. A. Muller, Shona Kalkman, Ghislaine J. M. W. van Thiel, Menno Mostert and Johannes J. M. van Delden

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:110

    Content type: Debate

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  11. Importance of awareness of medical ethics and its integration into medical curriculum has been frequently highlighted. Study 1 aimed to assess the knowledge, attitude, and reported practices of medical ethics ...

    Authors: Carmina Shrestha, Ashma Shrestha, Jasmin Joshi, Shuvechchha Karki, Sajan Acharya and Suchita Joshi

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:109

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Over recent years, the research community has been increasingly using preprint servers to share manuscripts that are not yet peer-reviewed. Even if it enables quick dissemination of research findings, this pra...

    Authors: Raffaella Ravinetto, Céline Caillet, Muhammad H. Zaman, Jerome Amir Singh, Philippe J. Guerin, Aasim Ahmad, Carlos E. Durán, Amar Jesani, Ana Palmero, Laura Merson, Peter W. Horby, E. Bottieau, Tammy Hoffmann and Paul N. Newton

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:106

    Content type: Debate

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  13. Severe brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability. Diagnosis and prognostication are difficult, and errors occur often. Novel neuroimaging methods can improve diagnostic and prognostic accuracy, e...

    Authors: Andrew Peterson, Fiona Webster, Laura Elizabeth Gonzalez-Lara, Sarah Munce, Adrian M. Owen and Charles Weijer

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:105

    Content type: Research

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  14. Informed consent, whose goal is to assure that participants enter research voluntarily after disclosure of potential risks and benefits, may be impossible or impractical in emergency research. In low resource ...

    Authors: Dan Kabonge Kaye

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:104

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Institutions, funding agencies and publishers are placing increasing emphasis on good research data management (RDM). RDM lapses in medical science can result in questionable data and cause the public’s confid...

    Authors: Hui Xing Lau, Ser Lin Celine Lee and Yusuf Ali

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:103

    Content type: Technical advance

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  16. Clinical genomic professionals are increasingly facing decisions about returning incidental findings (IFs) from genetic research. Although previous studies have shown that research participants are interested ...

    Authors: Isamme AlFayyad, Mohamad Al-Tannir, Amani Abu-Shaheen and Saleh AlGhamdi

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:101

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Clinical ethics case consultations (CECCs) provide a structured approach in situations of ethical uncertainty or conflicts. There have been increasing calls in recent years to assess the quality of CECCs by me...

    Authors: Andre Nowak, Jan Schildmann, Stephan Nadolny, Nicolas Heirich, Kim P. Linoh, Henning Rosenau, Jochen Dutzmann, Daniel Sedding and Michel Noutsias

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:99

    Content type: Research

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  18. Little is known about the ethical situations which physiotherapists encounter internationally. This lack of knowledge impedes the ability of the profession to prepare and support physiotherapists in all world ...

    Authors: Caroline Fryer, Andrea Sturm, Roswith Roth and Ian Edwards

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:97

    Content type: Research

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  19. In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the biomedical research community’s attempt to focus the attention on fighting COVID-19, led to several challenges within the field of research ethics. However, we know ...

    Authors: Alice Faust, Anna Sierawska, Katharina Krüger, Anne Wisgalla, Joerg Hasford and Daniel Strech

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:96

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Informed consent forms for clinical research are several and variable at international, national and local levels. According to the literature, they are often unclear and poorly understood by participants. Wit...

    Authors: Cinzia Colombo, Michaela Th. Mayrhofer, Christine Kubiak, Serena Battaglia, Mihaela Matei, Marialuisa Lavitrano, Sara Casati, Victoria Chico, Irene Schluender, Tamara Carapina and Paola Mosconi

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:95

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The EU’s 2006 Paediatric Regulation aims to support authorisation of medicine for children, thus effectively increasing paediatric research. It is ethically imperative to simultaneously establish procedures th...

    Authors: Jana Reetz, Gesine Richter, Christoph Borzikowsky, Christine Glinicke, Stephanie Darabaneanu and Alena Buyx

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:93

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Operation room (OR) planning is a complex process, especially in large hospitals with high rates of unplanned emergency procedures. Postponing elective surgery in order to provide capacity for emergency operat...

    Authors: Julia Becker, Gerald Huschak, Hannes-Caspar Petzold, Volker Thieme, Sebastian Stehr and Sven Bercker

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:90

    Content type: Research

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  23. Solitary death (kodokushi) has recently become recognized as a social issue in Japan. The social isolation of older people leads to death without dignity. With the outbreak of COVID-19, efforts to eliminate solit...

    Authors: Eisuke Nakazawa, Keiichiro Yamamoto, Alex John London and Akira Akabayashi

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:89

    Content type: Debate

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  24. Media have increasingly reported on the difficulties associated with end-of-life decision-making in patients with Disorders of Consciousness (DOC), contextualizing such dilemma in detailed accounts of the pati...

    Authors: Mario Picozzi, Lino Panzeri, Davide Torri and Davide Sattin

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:88

    Content type: Research article

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  25. The last few decades have seen the rising global acknowledgment of the importance of ethics in the conduct of health research. But research ethics committees or institutional review boards (IRBs) have also bee...

    Authors: Gideon Lasco, Vincen Gregory Yu and Lia Palileo-Villanueva

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:85

    Content type: Research

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  26. The pursuit of a cure for HIV is a high priority for researchers, funding agencies, governments and people living with HIV (PLWH). To date, over 250 biomedical studies worldwide are or have been related to dis...

    Authors: Karine Dubé, John Kanazawa, Jeff Taylor, Lynda Dee, Nora Jones, Christopher Roebuck, Laurie Sylla, Michael Louella, Jan Kosmyna, David Kelly, Orbit Clanton, David Palm, Danielle M. Campbell, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, Hursch Patel, Samuel Ndukwe…

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:83

    Content type: Review

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  27. Decision-making in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest should ideally include clinical and ethical factors. Little is known about the extent of ethical considerations and their influence on prehospital resuscitatio...

    Authors: Louise Milling, Lars Grassmé Binderup, Caroline Schaffalitzky de Muckadell, Erika Frischknecht Christensen, Annmarie Lassen, Helle Collatz Christensen, Dorthe Susanne Nielsen and Søren Mikkelsen

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:82

    Content type: Research

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  28. The advent of learning healthcare systems (LHSs) raises an important implementation challenge concerning how to request and manage consent to support secondary use of data in learning cycles, particularly rese...

    Authors: Annabelle Cumyn, Adrien Barton, Roxanne Dault, Nissrine Safa, Anne-Marie Cloutier and Jean-François Ethier

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:81

    Content type: Research

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  29. During the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, various professional ethical guidance was issued to (and for) health and social care professionals in England and Wales. Guidance can help to inform and support suc...

    Authors: Helen Smith, Peta Coulson-Smith, Mari-Rose Kennedy, Giles Birchley, Jonathan Ives and Richard Huxtable

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:78

    Content type: Research

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  30. Engagement is important within cohort studies for a number of reasons. It is argued that engaging participants within the studies they are involved in may promote their recruitment and retention within the stu...

    Authors: Cynthia A. Ochieng, Joel T. Minion, Andrew Turner, Mwenza Blell and Madeleine J. Murtagh

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:77

    Content type: Research

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  31. In the initial phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, difficult decisions had to be made on the allocation of testing resources. Similar situations can arise in future pandemics. Therefore, careful consideration of w...

    Authors: Sven Ove Hansson, Gert Helgesson and Niklas Juth

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:76

    Content type: Review

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