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Ethics in Public Health, medical law, and health policy

Section edited by Stuart Nicholls and Jeremy Snyder

This section will include manuscripts focused on ethical aspects of public health, health promotion and government action related to health care, as well as manuscripts focused on ethical questions in health care policies, judicial decisions and legislation relating to medical issues.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Controversies arise over abortion, assisted dying and conscientious objection (CO) in healthcare. The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between attitudes towards these bioethical dilemmas, a...

    Authors: Morten Magelssen, Nhat Quang Le and Magne Supphellen

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:65

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Although euthanasia and assisted suicide (EAS) in people with psychiatric disorders is relatively rare, the increasing incidence of EAS requests has given rise to public and political debate. This study aimed ...

    Authors: Kirsten Evenblij, H. Roeline W. Pasman, Agnes van der Heide, Johannes J. M. van Delden and Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:62

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  3. Content type: Debate

    Notwithstanding fears of overly permissive approaches and related pleas to refuse euthanasia for psychological suffering, some Belgian hospitals have declared that such requests could be admissible. However, s...

    Authors: M. Verhofstadt, K. Audenaert, K. Van Assche, S. Sterckx and K. Chambaere

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:59

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The field of bioethics has evolved over the past half-century, incorporating new domains of inquiry that signal developments in health research, clinical practice, public health in its broadest sense and more ...

    Authors: Gail Robson, Nathan Gibson, Alison Thompson, Solomon Benatar and Avram Denburg

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:53

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The non-identity problem arises when our actions in the present could change which people will exist in the future, for better or worse. Is it morally better to improve the lives of specific future people, as ...

    Authors: Keyur Doolabh, Lucius Caviola, Julian Savulescu, Michael J. Selgelid and Dominic Wilkinson

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:46

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  6. Content type: Research article

    There is a need for empirically based research on social and ethical challenges related to informed consent processes, particularly in studies focusing on adolescent sexual and reproductive health. In a pilot ...

    Authors: Joseph Mumba Zulu, Ingvild Fossgard Sandøy, Karen Marie Moland, Patrick Musonda, Ecloss Munsaka and Astrid Blystad

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:45

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Emerging genomic technologies promise more efficient infectious disease control. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) is increasingly being used in tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis, surveillance, and epidemiology. However...

    Authors: Carly Jackson, Jennifer L. Gardy, Hedieh C. Shadiloo and Diego S. Silva

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:43

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Armed conflict in Darfur, west Sudan since 2003 has led to the influx of about 100 international humanitarian UN and non-governmental organizations to help the affected population. Many of their humanitarian i...

    Authors: Ghaiath Hussein and Khalifa Elmusharaf

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:40

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The exportation of unethical practices to low- and middle-income countries (“Ethics Dumping”) has been conceived as a prevalent practice which needs to be examined more closely. Such a practice might point tow...

    Authors: Novoa-Heckel Germán and Bernabe Rosemarie

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:38

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  10. Content type: Debate

    Sickle cell anemia (SCA) is a major genetic disease with the greatest burden in sub-Saharan Africa. To try to help reduce this burden, some churches in Nigeria conduct premarital sickle cell hemoglobin screeni...

    Authors: Euzebus C. Ezugwu, Pauline E. Osamor and David Wendler

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:37

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Endeavors have been made to found and incorporate ethical values in most aspects of healthcare, including health technology assessment. Health technologies and their assessment are value-laden and could trigge...

    Authors: Amal Matar, Mats G. Hansson and Anna T. Höglund

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:25

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Medical assistance in dying (MAID) was legalized in Canada in 2016. As of July 2017, approximately 2149 patients have accessed MAID. There remains no national-level data on the perspectives of future physician...

    Authors: James Falconer, Félix Couture, Koray K. Demir, Michael Lang, Zachary Shefman and Mark Woo

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:22

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  13. Content type: Debate

    In December 2017, Law 219/2017, ‘Provisions for informed consent and advance directives’, was approved in Italy. The law is the culmination of a year-long process and the subject of heated debate throughout It...

    Authors: Marco Di Paolo, Federica Gori, Luigi Papi and Emanuela Turillazzi

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:17

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  14. Content type: Research article

    In Victoria, Australia, the law regulating abortion was reformed in 2008, and a clause (‘Section 8’) was introduced requiring doctors with a conscientious objection to abortion to refer women to another provid...

    Authors: Louise Anne Keogh, Lynn Gillam, Marie Bismark, Kathleen McNamee, Amy Webster, Christine Bayly and Danielle Newton

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:11

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Norway’s liberal abortion law allows for abortion on social indications, yet access to screening for fetal abnormalities is restricted. Norwegian regulation of, and public discourse about prenatal screening an...

    Authors: Morten Magelssen, Berge Solberg, Magne Supphellen and Guttorm Haugen

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:80

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  16. Content type: Research article

    In most socialised health systems there are formal processes that manage resource scarcity and determine the allocation of funds to health services in accordance with their priority. In this analysis, part of ...

    Authors: Siun Gallagher, Miles Little and Claire Hooker

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:75

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Task shifting is increasingly used to address human resource shortages impacting HIV service delivery in low- and middle-income countries. By shifting basic tasks from higher- to lower-trained cadres, such as ...

    Authors: Hayley Mundeva, Jeremy Snyder, David Paul Ngilangwa and Angela Kaida

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:71

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The reliability of clinical practice guidelines has been disputed because guideline panel members are often burdened with financial conflicts of interest (COI). Current recommendations for COI regulation advis...

    Authors: Hendrik Napierala, Luise Schäfer, Gisela Schott, Niklas Schurig and Thomas Lempert

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:65

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Health checks or health screenings identify (risk factors for) disease in people without a specific medical indication. So far, the perspective of (potential) health check users has remained underexposed in di...

    Authors: Yrrah H. Stol, Eva C. A. Asscher and Maartje H. N. Schermer

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:64

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Commercial genetic testing offered over the internet, known as direct-to-consumer genetic testing (DTC GT), currently is under ethical attack. A common critique aims at the limited validation of the tests as w...

    Authors: Manuel Schaper and Silke Schicktanz

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:56

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  21. Content type: Debate

    Health care organization is entering a new age. Focus is increasingly shifting from individual health care institutions to interorganizational collaboration and health care networks. Much hope is set on such n...

    Authors: Kasper Raus, Eric Mortier and Kristof Eeckloo

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:52

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Ethical research conduct is a cornerstone of research practice particularly when research participants include vulnerable populations. This study mapped the extent of reporting ethical research practices in studi...

    Authors: Jihad Makhoul, Rana F. Chehab, Zahraa Shaito and Abla M. Sibai

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:36

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  23. Content type: Research article

    We analyzed the patients’ perception of prenatal diagnosis of fetal cardiac pathology, and the reasons for choosing to continue with pregnancy despite being eligible to receive a medical termination of pregnan...

    Authors: Georges Abi Tayeh, Jean-Marie Jouannic, Fersan Mansour, Assaad Kesrouani and Elie Attieh

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:33

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) is a technology which provides information about fetal genetic characteristics (including sex) very early in pregnancy by examining fetal DNA obtained from a sample of mate...

    Authors: Meredith Vanstone, Alexandra Cernat, Jeff Nisker and Lisa Schwartz

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:27

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  25. Content type: Research article

    The main causes of suicide and how suicide could and should be prevented are ongoing controversies in the scientific literature as well as in public media. In the bill on public health from 2008 (Prop 2007/08:...

    Authors: Petter Karlsson, Gert Helgesson, David Titelman, Manne Sjöstrand and Niklas Juth

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:26

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  26. Content type: Research article

    In many countries, there are health care initiatives to make smokers give up smoking in the peri-operative setting. There is empirical evidence that this may improve some, but not all, operative outcomes. Howe...

    Authors: Joar Björk, Niklas Juth and Niels Lynøe

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:2

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term covering several conditions for which alcohol consumption during pregnancy is taken to play a causal role. The benefit of individuals being identifie...

    Authors: Gert Helgesson, Göran Bertilsson, Helena Domeij, Gunilla Fahlström, Emelie Heintz, Anders Hjern, Christina Nehlin Gordh, Viviann Nordin, Jenny Rangmar, Ann-Margret Rydell, Viveka Sundelin Wahlsten and Monica Hultcrantz

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:1

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Care-dependency constitutes an important issue with regard to the approval of end-of-life decisions, yet attitudes towards assisted suicide and euthanasia are understudied among care-dependent older adults. We...

    Authors: Erwin Stolz, Hannes Mayerl, Peter Gasser-Steiner and Wolfgang Freidl

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:71

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The review of human participant research by Research Ethics Committees (RECs) or Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) is a complex multi-faceted process that cannot be reduced to an algorithm. However, this does...

    Authors: Samantha Trace and Simon Erik Kolstoe

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:65

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  30. Content type: Debate

    The legitimacy of conscientious objection to abortion continues to fuel heated debate in Italy. In two recent decisions, the European Committee for Social Rights underlined that conscientious objection places ...

    Authors: Marco Bo, Carla Maria Zotti and Lorena Charrier

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:64

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Health checks identify (risk factors for) disease in people without symptoms. They may be offered by the government through population screenings and by other providers to individual users as ‘personal health ...

    Authors: Yrrah H. Stol, Eva C. A. Asscher and Maartje H. N. Schermer

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:55

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  32. Content type: Debate

    The 11 original regions for organ allocation in the United States were determined by proximity between hospitals that provided deceased donors and transplant programs. As liver transplants became more successf...

    Authors: Brendan Parent and Arthur L. Caplan

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:26

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Smart-home technologies, comprising environmental sensors, wearables and video are attracting interest in home healthcare delivery. Development of such technology is usually justified on the basis of the techn...

    Authors: Giles Birchley, Richard Huxtable, Madeleine Murtagh, Ruud ter Meulen, Peter Flach and Rachael Gooberman-Hill

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:23

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  34. Content type: Debate

    The fundamental determinant of death in donation after circulatory determination of death is the cessation of brain circulation and function. We therefore propose the term donation after brain circulation determi...

    Authors: Anne L. Dalle Ave and James L. Bernat

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:15

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  35. Content type: Correspondence

    Recent rapid technological and medical advance has more than ever before brought to the fore a spectrum of problems broadly categorized under the umbrella of ‘ethics of human enhancement’. Some of the most con...

    Authors: Ognjen Arandjelović

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:75

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  36. Content type: Editorial

    New technologies are transforming and reconfiguring the boundaries between patients, research participants and consumers, between research and clinical practice, and between public and private domains. From pe...

    Authors: Michael Morrison, Donna Dickenson and Sandra Soo-Jin Lee

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:74

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The past 10 years have witnessed a significant growth in sharing of health data for secondary uses. Alongside this there has been growing interest in the public acceptability of data sharing and data linkage p...

    Authors: Mhairi Aitken, Jenna de St. Jorre, Claudia Pagliari, Ruth Jepson and Sarah Cunningham-Burley

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:73

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Resuscitation and treatment of critically ill newborn infants is associated with relatively high mortality, morbidity and cost. Guidelines relating to resuscitation have traditionally focused on the best inter...

    Authors: C. Arora, J. Savulescu, H. Maslen, M. Selgelid and D. Wilkinson

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:69

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2018 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    2.507 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.571 - 5-year Impact Factor
    2.77 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    1.085 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


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