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Table 3 Topics examined in empirical manuscripts published in the nine bioethics journals

From: An update on the “empirical turn” in bioethics: analysis of empirical research in nine bioethics journals

Main topic Frequency
Informed consent (including information provision and participation) 106
Palliative care, Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide 99
Theoretical perspectives on ethical behaviors 75
Medical communication and decision making 72
Ethics education and training 67
Professional ethics 67
Research ethics 60
Care ethics 52
Caring for vulnerable groups 49
End of life decision making 47
Genetic research and testing 34
Relationships (doctor-patient/Professional-professional) 33
Healthcare organization and resource allocation 32
Confidentiality and privacy 30
Dignity and Autonomy 30
Public health ethics 23
Organizational climate 23
Organ donation and transplantation 20
Religion and culture 20
Death/Suicide/Autopsy 14
Reproductive ethics 14
Involuntary care 12
Ethics of various broad disciplines 9
Quality of life 4
Other topics 15
TOTAL 1007