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BMC Medical Ethics

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. Content type: Debate

    Destination therapy (DT) is the permanent implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) in patients with end-stage, severe heart failure who are ineligible for heart transplantation. DT improves both...

    Authors: Atsushi Asai, Sakiko Masaki, Taketoshi Okita, Aya Enzo and Yasuhiro Kadooka

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:12

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Digital communication between a patient and their clinician offers the potential for improved patient care, particularly for young people with long term conditions who are at risk of service disengagement. How...

    Authors: Agnieszka Ignatowicz, Anne-Marie Slowther, Patrick Elder, Carol Bryce, Kathryn Hamilton, Caroline Huxley, Vera Forjaz, Jackie Sturt and Frances Griffiths

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:11

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Patients in a vegetative state/ unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (VS/UWS) pose ethical dilemmas to those involved. Many conflicts occur between professionals and families of these patients. In the Netherlands...

    Authors: Conny A. M. F. H. Span-Sluyter, Jan C. M. Lavrijsen, Evert van Leeuwen and Raymond T. C. M. Koopmans

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:10

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The allocation of any scarce health care resource, especially a lifesaving resource, can create profound ethical and legal challenges. Liver transplant allocation currently is based upon urgency, a sickest-fir...

    Authors: Christine Englschalk, Daniela Eser, Ralf J. Jox, Alexander Gerbes, Lorenz Frey, Derek A. Dubay, Martin Angele, Manfred Stangl, Bruno Meiser, Jens Werner and Markus Guba

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:7

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  5. Content type: Debate

    Respect for autonomy is a key principle in bioethics. However, respecting autonomy in practice is complex because most people define themselves and make decisions influenced by a complex network of social rela...

    Authors: Pauline E. Osamor and Christine Grady

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:3

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  6. Content type: Research article

    For valid informed consent, it is crucial that patients or research participants fully understand all that their consent entails. Testing and revising informed consent documents with the assistance of their ad...

    Authors: Sabine Bossert, Hannes Kahrass, Ulrike Heinemeyer, Jana Prokein and Daniel Strech

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:78

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  7. Content type: Research article

    As part of its response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in west Africa, the United Kingdom (UK) government established an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone, staffed by military personnel. Little is known about t...

    Authors: Heather Draper and Simon Jenkins

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:77

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The world literature shows that empirical research regarding the process of decision-making when cancer in adolescents is no longer curable has been conducted in High-income, English speaking countries. The ob...

    Authors: Carlo Egysto Cicero-Oneto, Edith Valdez-Martinez and Miguel Bedolla

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:74

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  9. Content type: Debate

    Hospital-dependent patients are individuals who are repeatedly readmitted to the hospital because their acute medical needs cannot be met elsewhere. Unlike the chronically critically ill, these patients do not...

    Authors: Calvin Sung and Jennifer L. Herbst

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:75

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  10. Content type: Research article

    As the practice of medicine inevitably raises both ethical and legal issues, it had been recommended since 1999 that medical ethics and human rights be taught at every medical school. Most Nigerian medical sch...

    Authors: Onochie Okoye, Daniel Nwachukwu and Ferdinand C. Maduka-Okafor

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:73

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  11. Content type: Debate

    The scarcity of human organs requires the transplant community to make difficult allocation decisions. This process begins at individual medical centers, where transplant teams decide which patients to place o...

    Authors: Katherine L. Cahn-Fuller and Brendan Parent

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:72

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Social media and Internet technologies present several emerging and ill-explored issues for a modern healthcare workforce. One issue is patient-targeted Googling (PTG), which involves a healthcare professional...

    Authors: Aaron N. Chester, Susan E. Walthert, Stephen J. Gallagher, Lynley C. Anderson and Michael L. Stitely

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:70

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Treatment informed consent aims to preserve the autonomy of patients in the clinician – patient relationship so as to ensure valid consent. An acceptable method of evaluating understanding of consent informati...

    Authors: Ikenna I. Nnabugwu, Fredrick O. Ugwumba, Emeka I. Udeh, Solomon K. Anyimba and Oyiogu F. Ozoemena

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:69

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The relationships between age and the life-supporting treatments use, and between gender and the life-supporting treatments use are still controversial. Using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as an example ...

    Authors: Peng-Sheng Ting, Likwang Chen, Wei-Chih Yang, Tien-Shang Huang, Chau-Chung Wu and Yen-Yuan Chen

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:62

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  15. Content type: Case report

    Starting dialysis at an advanced age is a clinical challenge and an ethical dilemma. The advantages of starting dialysis at “extreme” ages are questionable as high dialysis-related morbidity induces a reflecti...

    Authors: Giorgina Barbara Piccoli, Andreea Corina Sofronie and Jean-Philippe Coindre

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:61

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Mobile applications and socio-sexual networking websites are used by outreach workers to respond synchronously to questions and provide information, resources, and referrals on sexual health and STI/HIV preven...

    Authors: Sophia Fantus, Rusty Souleymanov, Nathan J. Lachowsky and David J. Brennan

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:59

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  17. Content type: Research article

    In February, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the ban on medical assistance in dying (MAiD). In June, 2016, the federal government passed Bill C-14, permitting MAiD. Current medical students will ...

    Authors: Eli Xavier Bator, Bethany Philpott and Andrew Paul Costa

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:58

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The doctor-patient relationship is a crucial aspect of primary-care practice Research on associations between quality of care provision and burnout and empathy in a primary care setting could improve this rela...

    Authors: Oriol Yuguero, Josep Ramon Marsal, Miquel Buti, Montserrat Esquerda and Jorge Soler-González

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:54

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    1.618 - 2-year Impact Factor
    1.940 - 5-year Impact Factor
    0.938 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
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