Ethics in Clinical Practice

Section edited by Yvonne Denier and Richard Huxtable

This section will include manuscripts that investigate ethical issues affecting patients in clinical practice.

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  1. Research article

    The Liverpool Care Pathway: discarded in cancer patients but good enough for dying nursing home patients? A systematic review

    The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is an interdisciplinary protocol, aiming to ensure that dying patients receive dignified and individualized treatment and care at the end-of-life. LCP was originally developed ...

    Bettina S. Husebø, Elisabeth Flo and Knut Engedal

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:48

    Published on: 9 August 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:52

  2. Research article

    Healthcare professionals’ and patients’ perspectives on consent to clinical genetic testing: moving towards a more relational approach

    This paper proposes a refocusing of consent for clinical genetic testing, moving away from an emphasis on autonomy and information provision, towards an emphasis on the virtues of healthcare professionals seek...

    Gabrielle Natalie Samuel, Sandi Dheensa, Bobbie Farsides, Angela Fenwick and Anneke Lucassen

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:47

    Published on: 8 August 2017

  3. Research article

    Pre- and post-testing counseling considerations for the provision of expanded carrier screening: exploration of European geneticists’ views

    Carrier screening is generally performed with the aim of identifying healthy couples at risk of having a child affected with a monogenic disorder to provide them with reproductive options. Expanded carrier scr...

    Sandra Janssens, Davit Chokoshvili, Danya F. Vears, Anne De Paepe and Pascal Borry

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:46

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Research article

    Implicit bias in healthcare professionals: a systematic review

    Implicit biases involve associations outside conscious awareness that lead to a negative evaluation of a person on the basis of irrelevant characteristics such as race or gender. This review examines the evide...

    Chloë FitzGerald and Samia Hurst

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:19

    Published on: 1 March 2017

  7. Research article

    The importance of professional values from clinical nurses’ perspective in hospitals of a medical university in Iran

    Today, nurses are required to have knowledge and awareness concerning professional values as standards to provide safe and high-quality ethical care. Nurses’ perspective on professional values affects decision...

    Batool Poorchangizi, Jamileh Farokhzadian, Abbas Abbaszadeh, Moghaddameh Mirzaee and Fariba Borhani

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:20

    Published on: 1 March 2017

  8. Research article

    How to introduce medical ethics at the bedside - Factors influencing the implementation of an ethical decision-making model

    As the implementation of new approaches and procedures of medical ethics is as complex and resource-consuming as in other fields, strategies and activities must be carefully planned to use the available means ...

    Barbara Meyer-Zehnder, Heidi Albisser Schleger, Sabine Tanner, Valentin Schnurrer, Deborah R. Vogt, Stella Reiter-Theil and Hans Pargger

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:16

    Published on: 23 February 2017

  9. Research article

    Beyond cultural stereotyping: views on end-of-life decision making among religious and secular persons in the USA, Germany, and Israel

    End-of-life decision making constitutes a major challenge for bioethical deliberation and political governance in modern democracies: On the one hand, it touches upon fundamental convictions about life, death,...

    Mark Schweda, Silke Schicktanz, Aviad Raz and Anita Silvers

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:13

    Published on: 17 February 2017

  10. Debate

    Human rights violations in organ procurement practice in China

    Over 90% of the organs transplanted in China before 2010 were procured from prisoners. Although Chinese officials announced in December 2014 that the country would completely cease using organs harvested from ...

    Norbert W. Paul, Arthur Caplan, Michael E. Shapiro, Charl Els, Kirk C. Allison and Huige Li

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:11

    Published on: 8 February 2017

  11. Research article

    Clinical ethics issues in HIV care in Canada: an institutional ethnographic study

    This is a study involving three HIV clinics in the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Manitoba. We sought to identify ethical issues involving health care providers and clinic clients in thes...

    Chris Kaposy, Nicole R. Greenspan, Zack Marshall, Jill Allison, Shelley Marshall and Cynthia Kitson

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:9

    Published on: 6 February 2017

  12. Research article

    Defining reasonable patient standard and preference for shared decision making among patients undergoing anaesthesia in Singapore

    A cross-sectional study to ascertain what the Singapore population would regard as material risk in the anaesthesia consent-taking process and identify demographic factors that predict patient preferences in m...

    J.L.J. Yek, A.K.Y. Lee, J.A.D. Tan, G.Y. Lin, T. Thamotharampillai and H.R. Abdullah

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:6

    Published on: 2 February 2017

  13. Research article

    How do ethnic minority patients experience the intercultural care encounter in hospitals? A systematic review of qualitative research

    In our globalizing world, caregivers are increasingly being confronted with the challenges of providing intercultural healthcare, trying to find a dignified answer to the vulnerable situation of ethnic minorit...

    Liesbet Degrie, Chris Gastmans, Lieslot Mahieu, Bernadette Dierckx de Casterlé and Yvonne Denier

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:2

    Published on: 19 January 2017

  14. Research article

    Knowledge, attitude and practice of healthcare ethics among resident doctors and ward nurses from a resource poor setting, Nepal

    Healthcare ethics is neglected in clinical practice in LMICs (Low and Middle Income Countries) such as Nepal. The main objective of this study was to assess the current status of knowledge, attitude and practi...

    Samaj Adhikari, Kumar Paudel, Arja R. Aro, Tara Ballav Adhikari, Bipin Adhikari and Shiva Raj Mishra

    BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:68

    Published on: 8 November 2016

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