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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. Thorough information of the patient is an integral part of the process of shared decision making. We aimed to investigate if detailed information about medication may induce nocebo (or placebo) effects.

    Authors: Fabian Holzhüter and Johannes Hamann

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:97

    Content type: Research article

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  2. How should clinical ethics support services such as clinical ethics committees (CECs) be implemented and evaluated? We argue that both the CEC itself and the implementation of the CEC should be considered as ‘com...

    Authors: Morten Magelssen, Heidi Karlsen, Reidar Pedersen and Lisbeth Thoresen

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:82

    Content type: Debate

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  3. Little is known about the attitudes and practices of intensivists working in Lebanon regarding withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatments (LSTs). The objectives of the study were to assess the poin...

    Authors: Rita El Jawiche, Souheil Hallit, Lubna Tarabey and Fadi Abou-Mrad

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:80

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Clinical ethics support (CES) aims to support health care professionals in dealing with ethical issues in clinical practice. Although the prevalence of CES is increasing, it does meet challenges and pressing q...

    Authors: Laura Hartman, Giulia Inguaggiato, Guy Widdershoven, Annelijn Wensing-Kruger and Bert Molewijk

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:79

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Electronic patient record (EPR) technology is a key enabler for improvements to healthcare service and management. To ensure these improvements and the means to achieve them are socially and ethically desirabl...

    Authors: Tim Jacquemard, Colin P. Doherty and Mary B. Fitzsimons

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:76

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Between the need for transparency in healthcare, widely promoted by patient’s safety campaigns, and the fear of negative consequences and malpractice threats, physicians face challenging decisions on whether o...

    Authors: Razan Mansour, Khawlah Ammar, Amal Al-Tabba, Thalia Arawi, Asem Mansour and Maysa Al-Hussaini

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:74

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Published data and practice recommendations on end-of-life care generally reflect Western practice frameworks; there are limited data on withdrawal of treatment for children in China.

    Authors: Huaqing Liu, Dongni Su, Xubei Guo, Yunhong Dai, Xingqiang Dong, Qiujiao Zhu, Zhenjiang Bai, Ying Li and Shuiyan Wu

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:71

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Medical ethics deals with the ethical obligations of doctors to their patients, colleagues and society. The annual reports of Sri Lanka Medical Council indicate that the number of complaints against doctors ha...

    Authors: A. W. I. P. Ranasinghe, Buddhika Fernando, Athula Sumathipala and Wasantha Gunathunga

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:69

    Content type: Research article

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  9. To characterize patients dying in a community hospital with or without attempting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and to describe patient involvement in, documentation of, and compliance with decisions on ...

    Authors: Emilie Bertilsson, Birgitta Semark, Kristina Schildmeijer, Anders Bremer and Jörg Carlsson

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:67

    Content type: Research article

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  10. France has long been a country of immigration and in some respects may be seen to have a generous policy with respect to asylum seekers and access to health care for migrants. The French state notably provides...

    Authors: Johann Cailhol, Marie-Christine Lebon and William Sherlaw

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:59

    Content type: Debate

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  11. Informed consent is an integral component of good medical practice. Many researchers have investigated measures to improve the quality of informed consent, but it is not clear which techniques work best and wh...

    Authors: L. J. Convie, E. Carson, D. McCusker, R. S. McCain, N. McKinley, W. J. Campbell, S. J. Kirk and M. Clarke

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:58

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Evaluation of decision-making capacity to consent to medical treatment has proved to be difficult in patients with dementia. Studies showed that physicians are often insufficiently trained in the evaluation of...

    Authors: Christopher Poppe, Bernice S. Elger, Tenzin Wangmo and Manuel Trachsel

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:55

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Enhancement involves the use of biomedical technologies to improve human capacities beyond therapeutic purposes. It has been well documented that enhancement is sometimes difficult to distinguish from treatmen...

    Authors: Eisuke Sakakibara

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:54

    Content type: Debate

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  14. Clinical Ethics Support (CES) services are offered to support healthcare professionals in dealing with ethically difficult situations. Evaluation of CES is important to understand if it is indeed a supportive ...

    Authors: J. C. de Snoo-Trimp, H. C. W. de Vet, G. A. M. Widdershoven, A. C. Molewijk and M. Svantesson

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:53

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Amidst expanding roles in education and policy making, questions have been raised about the ability of Clinical Ethics Committees (CEC) s to carry out effective ethics consultations (CECons). However recent re...

    Authors: Nicholas Yue Shuen Yoon, Yun Ting Ong, Hong Wei Yap, Kuang Teck Tay, Elijah Gin Lim, Clarissa Wei Shuen Cheong, Wei Qiang Lim, Annelissa Mien Chew Chin, Ying Pin Toh, Min Chiam, Stephen Mason and Lalit Kumar Radha Krishna

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:51

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Organ donation has become one of the most effective ways to save lives and improve the quality of life for patients with end-stage organ failure. No previous studies have investigated the preferences for the d...

    Authors: Ammal M. Metwally, Ghada A. Abdel-Latif, Lobna Eletreby, Ahmed Aboulghate, Amira Mohsen, Hala A. Amer, Rehan M. Saleh, Dalia M. Elmosalami, Hend I. Salama, Safaa I. Abd El Hady, Raefa R. Alam, Hanan A. Mohamed, Hanan M. Badran, Hanan E. Eltokhy, Hazem Elhariri, Thanaa Rabah…

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:49

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Patients have the right to equal, respectful treatment. Nowadays, one third of patient complaints concern health care staff’s behavior towards patients. Ethically safe care requires ethical competence, which h...

    Authors: Kati KULJU, Riitta SUHONEN, Pauli PUUKKA, Anna TOLVANEN and Helena LEINO-KILPI

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:43

    Content type: Research article

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  18. In August 2017, Chile lifted its complete ban on abortion by permitting abortion in three limited circumstances: 1) to save a woman’s life, 2) lethal fetal anomaly, and 3) rape. The new law allows regulated us...

    Authors: M. Antonia Biggs, Lidia Casas, Alejandra Ramm, C. Finley Baba and Sara P. Correa

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:42

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Preconception Expanded Carrier Screening (ECS) is a genetic test offered to a general population or to couples who have no known risk of recessive and X-linked genetic diseases and are interested in becoming p...

    Authors: Amal Matar, Anna T. Höglund, Pär Segerdahl and Ulrik Kihlbom

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:30

    Content type: Debate

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  20. Traditionally, palliative care has focused on patients suffering from life-threatening somatic diseases such as cancer or progressive neurological disorders. In contrast, despite the often chronic, severely di...

    Authors: Mattias Strand, Manne Sjöstrand and Anna Lindblad

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:29

    Content type: Debate

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  21. Knowing the opinions of patients with Progressive Neurological Diseases (PNDs) and their family members on end-of-life care can help initiate communication and the drawing up of a care plan. The aim of this pa...

    Authors: Radka Bužgová and Radka Kozáková

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:28

    Content type: Research article

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  22. There is continued need for enhanced medical ethics education across the United States. In an effort to guide medical ethics education reform, we report the first interprofessional survey of a cohort of gradua...

    Authors: Mikalyn T. DeFoor, Yunmi Chung, Julie K. Zadinsky, Jeffrey Dowling and Richard W. Sams II

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:26

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Internationally, patient access to notes is increasing. This has been driven by respect for patient autonomy, often recognised as a primary tenet of medical ethics: patients should be able to access their reco...

    Authors: Stephanie N. D’Costa, Isla L. Kuhn and Zoë Fritz

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:18

    Content type: Research article

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  24. When a genetic mutation is identified in a family member (proband), internationally, it is usually the proband’s or another responsible family member’s role to disclose the information to at-risk relatives. Ho...

    Authors: Natalia Meggiolaro, Kristine Barlow-Stewart, Kate Dunlop, Ainsley J. Newson and Jane Fleming

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:13

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Incidental findings (IFs) and secondary findings (SFs), being results that are unrelated to the diagnostic question, are the subject of an important debate in the practice of clinical genomic medicine. Argumen...

    Authors: Marlies Saelaert, Heidi Mertes, Tania Moerenhout, Elfride De Baere and Ignaas Devisch

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:9

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Ritual circumcision of infant boys is controversial in Norway, as in many other countries. The procedure became a part of Norwegian public health services in 2015. A new law opened for conscientious objection ...

    Authors: Liv Astrid Litleskare, Mette Tolås Strander, Reidun Førde and Morten Magelssen

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:5

    Content type: Research article

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  27. In clinical research, obtaining informed consent from participants is an ethical and legal requirement. Conveying the information concerning the study can be done using multiple methods yet this step commonly ...

    Authors: Marta S. Palmeirim, Amanda Ross, Brigit Obrist, Ulfat A. Mohammed, Shaali M. Ame, Said M. Ali and Jennifer Keiser

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:1

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) in Canada came into effect in 2016 with the passing of Bill C-14. As patient interest and requests for MAID continue to evolve in Canada, it is important to understand the at...

    Authors: Aaron Wong, Amy T. Hsu and Peter Tanuseputro

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:103

    Content type: Research article

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  29. The ethical principle of justice demands that resources be distributed equally and based on evidence. Guidelines regarding forgoing of CPR are unavailable and there is large variance in the reported rates of a...

    Authors: Janet Ozer, Gadi Alon, Dmitry Leykin, Joseph Varon, Limor Aharonson-Daniel and Sharon Einav

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:102

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and wearable computing are creating novel technological opportunities for mitigating the global burden of population ageing and improving the quality of care ...

    Authors: Tenzin Wangmo, Mirjam Lipps, Reto W. Kressig and Marcello Ienca

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:98

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Physicians play a fundamental role in the care of patients at the end of life that includes knowing how to accompany patients, alleviate their suffering and inform them about their situation. However, in reali...

    Authors: Asunción Álvarez-del-Río, Edwin Ortega-García, Luis Oñate-Ocaña and Ingrid Vargas-Huicochea

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:93

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Individual physicians and physician-associated factors may influence patients’/surrogates’ autonomous decision-making, thus influencing the practice of do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders. The objective of this st...

    Authors: Yen-Yuan Chen, Melany Su, Shu-Chien Huang, Tzong-Shinn Chu, Ming-Tsan Lin, Yu-Chun Chiu and Kuan-Han Lin

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:92

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Past studies emphasized the possible cultural influence on attitudes regarding reprogenetics and reproductive risks among medical students who are taken to be “future physicians.” These studies were crafted in...

    Authors: Miriam Ethel Bentwich, Michal Mashiach-Eizenberg, Ana Borovečki and Frida Simonstein

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:85

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Patients with unmet medical needs sometimes resort to non-standard treatment options, including the use of unapproved, investigational drugs in the context of clinical trials, compassionate use or named-patien...

    Authors: Eline M. Bunnik and Nikkie Aarts

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:80

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Various forms of Clinical Ethics Support (CES) have been developed in health care organizations. Over the past years, increasing attention has been paid to the question of how to foster the quality of ethics s...

    Authors: Eva M. Van Baarle, Marieke C. Potma, Maria E. C. van Hoek, Laura A. Hartman, Bert A. C. Molewijk and Jelle L. P. van Gurp

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:78

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Respect for autonomy is a key concept in contemporary bioethics and end-of-life ethics in particular. Despite this status, an individualistic interpretation of autonomy is being challenged from the perspective...

    Authors: Carlos Gómez-Vírseda, Yves de Maeseneer and Chris Gastmans

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:76

    Content type: Research article

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  37. An ethics reflection group (ERG) is one of a number of ethics support services developed to better handle ethical challenges in healthcare. The aim of this article is to evaluate the significance of ERGs in ps...

    Authors: H. Bruun, L. Huniche, E. Stenager, C. B. Mogensen and R. Pedersen

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:75

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Differences in perception and potential disagreements between parents and professionals regarding the attitude for resuscitation at the limit of viability are common. This study evaluated in healthcare profess...

    Authors: V. Papadimitriou, B. Tosello and R. Pfister

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:74

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Before the advent of fibrinolytic therapy as a gold standard method of care for cases of acute ischemic stroke in Romania, issues regarding legal medicine aspects involved in this area of medical expertise wer...

    Authors: Monica Sabau, Simona Bungau, Camelia Liana Buhas, Gheorghe Carp, Lucia-Georgeta Daina, Claudia Teodora Judea-Pusta, Bogdan Adrian Buhas, Claudia Maria Jurca, Cristian Marius Daina and Delia Mirela Tit

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:70

    Content type: Debate

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  40. In the Netherlands, in 2002, euthanasia became a legitimate medical act, only allowed when the due care criteria and procedural requirements are met. Legally, an Advanced Euthanasia Directive (AED) can replace...

    Authors: Jaap Schuurmans, Romy Bouwmeester, Lamar Crombach, Tessa van Rijssel, Lizzy Wingens, Kristina Georgieva, Nadine O’Shea, Stephanie Vos, Bram Tilburgs and Yvonne Engels

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:66

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Ethical dilemmas are part of medicine, but the type of challenges, the frequency of their occurrence and the nuances in the difficulties have not been systematically studied in low-income settings. The objecti...

    Authors: Ingrid Miljeteig, Frehiwot Defaye, Dawit Desalegn and Marion Danis

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:63

    Content type: Research article

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