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  1. Content type: Research article

    Family members do not have an official position in the practice of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide (EAS) in the Netherlands according to statutory regulations and related guidelines. However, recent ...

    Authors: Bernadette Roest, Margo Trappenburg and Carlo Leget

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:23

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  2. 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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  3. Content type: Research article

    Large-scale linkage of international clinical datasets could lead to unique insights into disease aetiology and facilitate treatment evaluation and drug development. Hereto, multi-stakeholder consortia are cur...

    Authors: Shona Kalkman, Menno Mostert, Christoph Gerlinger, Johannes J. M. van Delden and Ghislaine J. M. W. van Thiel

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:21

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  4. Content type: Debate

    End-of-life disputes in Ontario are currently overwhelmingly assessed through the singular lens of patient autonomy. The current dispute resolution mechanism(s) does not adequately consider evidence-based medi...

    Authors: Joshua T. Landry, Rakesh Patel, David Neilipovitz, Kwadwo Kyeremanteng and Gianni D’Egidio

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:20

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The doctor-patient relationship has evolved to respect “the autonomy and patients’ rights”. One of the cornerstones in such autonomy is the opportunity for patients to draw living wills, also known as advance ...

    Authors: Sidonie Hubert, Sarah Wainschtein, Albane Hugues, Caroline Schimpf, Thècle Degroote, Kelly Tiercelet, Marc Tran, Cédric Bruel and Francois Philippart

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:19

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The rapid expansion of research on Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) is not only due to the promising solutions offered for persons with physical impairments. There is also a heightened need for understanding B...

    Authors: Johannes Kögel, Jennifer R. Schmid, Ralf J. Jox and Orsolya Friedrich

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:18

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  7. 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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  8. Content type: Debate

    Even after several decades of human drug development, there remains an absence of published, substantial, comprehensive data to validate the use of animals in preclinical drug testing, and to point to their pr...

    Authors: Jarrod Bailey and Michael Balls

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:16

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Physicians play a substantial role in facilitating communication regarding life-supporting treatment decision-making including do-not-resuscitate (DNR) in the intensive care units (ICU). Physician-related fact...

    Authors: Kuan-Han Lin, Shu-Chien Huang, Chih-Hsien Wang, Chau-Chung, Tzong-Shinn Chu and Yen-Yuan Chen

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:15

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Medicine has undergone substantial changes in the way medical dilemmas are being dealt with. Here we explore the attitude of Israeli physicians to two debatable dilemmas: disclosing the full truth to patients ...

    Authors: Baruch Velan, Arnona Ziv, Giora Kaplan, Carmit Rubin, Yaron Connelly, Tami Karni and Orna Tal

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:13

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  11. 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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  12. Content type: Research article

    The consent and community engagement process for research with Indigenous communities is rarely evaluated. Research protocols are not always collaborative, inclusive or culturally respectful. If participants d...

    Authors: Emily FM Fitzpatrick, Gaynor Macdonald, Alexandra LC Martiniuk, June Oscar, Heather D’Antoine, Maureen Carter, Tom Lawford and Elizabeth J Elliott

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:12

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Consent processes for clinical trials involving HIV prevention research have generated considerable debate globally over the past three decades. HIV cure/eradication research is scientifically more complex and...

    Authors: Keymanthri Moodley, Ciara Staunton, Theresa Rossouw, Malcolm de Roubaix, Zoe Duby and Donald Skinner

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:9

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Obtaining adequate informed consent from trauma patients is challenging and time-consuming. Healthcare providers must communicate complicated medical information to enable patients to make informed decisions. ...

    Authors: Yen-Ko Lin, Kuan-Ting Liu, Chao-Wen Chen, Wei-Che Lee, Chia-Ju Lin, Leiyu Shi and Yin-Chun Tien

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:8

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  15. Content type: Correspondence

    In 2017 Ploug and Holm argued that anonymizing individuals in the Danish circumcision registry was insufficient to protect these individuals from what they regard as the potential harms of being in the registr...

    Authors: Robert S. Van Howe, Morten Frisch, Peter W. Adler and J. Steven Svoboda

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:6

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    The original article was published in BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:53

  16. Content type: Debate

    The concepts of disease, illness and sickness capture fundamentally different aspects of phenomena related to human ailments and healthcare. The philosophy and theory of medicine are making manifold efforts to...

    Authors: Anna-Henrikje Seidlein and Sabine Salloch

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:5

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Questions concerning the parent/ patient’s autonomy are seen as one of the most important reasons for requesting Ethics Consultations (ECs). Respecting parent/ patient’s autonomy also means respecting the pati...

    Authors: Mirella Muggli, Christian De Geyter and Stella Reiter-Theil

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:4

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Increasing adoption of electronic health records in hospitals provides new opportunities for patient data to support public health advances. Such learning healthcare models have generated ethical debate in hig...

    Authors: Daniel Mbuthia, Sassy Molyneux, Maureen Njue, Salim Mwalukore and Vicki Marsh

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:3

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The rapid increase of industry-sponsored clinical research towards developing countries has led to potentially complex ethical issues to assess. There is scarce evidence about the perception of these participa...

    Authors: Gerardo González-Saldivar, René Rodríguez-Gutiérrez, Jose Luis Viramontes-Madrid, Alejandro Salcido-Montenegro, Neri Alejandro Álvarez-Villalobos, Victoria González-Nava and José Gerardo González-González

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:2

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Informed consent (IC) is an essential step in helping patients be aware of consequences of their treatment decisions. With surgery, it is vitally important for patients to understand the risks and benefits of ...

    Authors: Erminia Agozzino, Sharon Borrelli, Mariagrazia Cancellieri, Fabiola Michela Carfora, Teresa Di Lorenzo and Francesco Attena

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:1

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  21. Content type: Debate

    A trend called ‘African bioethics’ is growing on the continent due to perceptions of existing bioethics, especially guidelines for international collaborative research, as ‘ethical imperialism’. As a potential...

    Authors: John Barugahare

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:98

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Moral Case Deliberations (MCDs) are reflective dialogues with a group of participants on their own moral dilemmas. Although MCD is successful as clinical ethics support (CES), it also has limitations. 1. Lesso...

    Authors: L. A. Hartman, S. Metselaar, A. C. Molewijk, H. M. Edelbroek and G. A. M. Widdershoven

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:97

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Genuine uncertainty on superiority of one intervention over the other is called equipoise. Physician-investigators in randomized controlled trials (RCT) need equipoise at least in studies with more than minima...

    Authors: Petra C. E. Hissink Muller, Bahar Yildiz, Cornelia F. Allaart, Danielle M. C. Brinkman, Marion van Rossum, Lisette W. A. van Suijlekom-Smit, J. Merlijn van den Berg, Rebecca ten Cate and Martine C. de Vries

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:96

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Emergency care providers regularly deal with ethical dilemmas that must be addressed. In comparison with in-hospital nurses, emergency medical service (EMS) personnel are faced with more problems such as dista...

    Authors: Mohammad Torabi, Fariba Borhani, Abbas Abbaszadeh and Foroozan Atashzadeh-Shoorideh

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:95

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  25. Content type: Debate

    Thus far, little work in bioethics has specifically focused on global health research priority-setting. Yet features of global health research priority-setting raise ethical considerations and concerns related...

    Authors: Bridget Pratt, Mark Sheehan, Nicola Barsdorf and Adnan A. Hyder

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:94

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  26. Content type: Research article

    In Switzerland, research with identifiable human tissue samples, and/or its accompanying data, must be approved by a research ethics committee (REC) before it can be allowed to take place. However, as the dema...

    Authors: Flora Colledge, Sophie De Massougnes and Bernice Elger

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:93

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Ethics 2019 20:24

  27. Content type: Research article

    Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of the Human Immunodeficiency –Virus (HIV) is a serious public health problem, contributing up to 90% of childhood HIV infections. In Tanzania, the prevention-of-mother-to-c...

    Authors: Tausi S. Haruna, Evelyne Assenga and Judith Shayo

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:92

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  28. Content type: Study protocol

    Randomized controlled trial (RCT) trial designs exist on an explanatory-pragmatic spectrum, depending on the degree to which a study aims to address a question of efficacy or effectiveness. As conceptualized b...

    Authors: Stuart G. Nicholls, Kelly Carroll, Jamie Brehaut, Charles Weijer, Spencer Phillips Hey, Cory E. Goldstein, Merrick Zwarenstein, Ian D. Graham, Joanne E. McKenzie, Lauralyn McIntyre, Vipul Jairath, Marion K. Campbell, Jeremy M. Grimshaw, Dean A. Fergusson and Monica Taljaard

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:90

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  29. Content type: Research article

    A challenge of performing research in the paediatric emergency and acute care setting is obtaining valid prospective informed consent from parents. The ethical issues are complex, and it is important to consid...

    Authors: Jeremy Furyk, Kris McBain-Rigg, Bronia Renison, Kerrianne Watt, Richard Franklin, Theophilus I. Emeto, Robin A. Ray, Franz E. Babl and Stuart Dalziel

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:89

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  30. Content type: Research article

    To support healthcare professionals in dealing with ethically difficult situations, Clinical Ethics Support (CES) services like Moral Case Deliberation (MCD) are increasingly implemented. To assess the impact ...

    Authors: Janine C. de Snoo-Trimp, Bert Molewijk and Henrica C. W. de Vet

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:88

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Rapid Ethical Assessment (REA) is an approach used to design context tailored consent process for voluntary participation of participants in research including human subjects. There is, however, limited eviden...

    Authors: Alem Gebremariam, Alemayehu Worku Yalew, Selamawit Hirpa, Abigiya Wondimagegnehu, Mirgissa Kaba, Mathewos Assefa, Israel Mitiku, Eva Johanna Kantelhardt, Ahmedin Jemal and Adamu Addissie

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:87

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Research funders, regulatory agencies, and journals are increasingly expecting that individual-level data from health research will be shared. Broad consent to such sharing is considered appropriate, feasible ...

    Authors: Phaik Yeong Cheah, Nattapat Jatupornpimol, Borimas Hanboonkunupakarn, Napat Khirikoekkong, Podjanee Jittamala, Sasithon Pukrittayakamee, Nicholas P. J. Day, Michael Parker and Susan Bull

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:86

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  33. Content type: Research article

    An important and supposedly impactful form of clinical ethics support is moral case deliberation (MCD). Empirical evidence, however, is limited with regard to its actual impact. With this literature review, we...

    Authors: Maaike M. Haan, Jelle L. P. van Gurp, Simone M. Naber and A. Stef Groenewoud

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:85

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  34. Content type: Debate

    The U.S. National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have a new research priority: inclusion of terminally ill persons living with HIV (PL...

    Authors: Karine Dubé, Sara Gianella, Susan Concha-Garcia, Susan J Little, Andy Kaytes, Jeff Taylor, Kushagra Mathur, Sogol Javadi, Anshula Nathan, Hursch Patel, Stuart Luter, Sean Philpott-Jones, Brandon Brown and Davey Smith

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:83

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  35. Content type: Research article

    The use of Next Generation Sequencing such as Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) is a promising step towards a better understanding and treatment of neurological diseases. WGS can result into unexpected information...

    Authors: Thierry Hurlimann, Iris Jaitovich Groisman and Béatrice Godard

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:81

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  36. 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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  37. Content type: Research article

    The use of lengthy, detailed, and complex informed consent forms (ICFs) is of paramount concern in biomedical research as it may not truly promote the rights and interests of research participants. The extent ...

    Authors: Juntra Karbwang, Nut Koonrungsesomboon, Cristina E. Torres, Edlyn B. Jimenez, Gurpreet Kaur, Roli Mathur, Eti N. Sholikhah, Chandanie Wanigatunge, Chih-Shung Wong, Kwanchanok Yimtae, Murnilina Abdul Malek, Liyana Ahamad Fouzi, Aisyah Ali, Beng Z. Chan, Madawa Chandratilake, Shoen C. Chiew…

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:79

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  38. Content type: Research article

    This paper examines the ethical aspects of organ transplant surgery in which a donor heart is transplanted from a first recipient, following determination of death by neurologic criteria, to a second recipient...

    Authors: Eisuke Nakazawa, Shoichi Maeda, Keiichiro Yamamoto, Aru Akabayashi, Yuzaburo Uetake, Margie H. Shaw, Richard A. Demme and Akira Akabayashi

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:77

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  39. 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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  40. Content type: Research article

    On elective students may not always be clear about safeguarding themselves and others. It is important that placements are safe, and ethically grounded. A concern for medical schools is equipping their student...

    Authors: Connie Wiskin, Jonathan Dowell and Catherine Hale

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:74

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare policy and academic literature have promoted improving the transitional care of young people leaving child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Despite the availability of guidance on good...

    Authors: Moli Paul, Lesley O’Hara, Priya Tah, Cathy Street, Athanasios Maras, Diane Purper Ouakil, Paramala Santosh, Giulia Signorini, Swaran Preet Singh, Helena Tuomainen and Fiona McNicholas

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:73

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  42. Content type: Correspondence

    This paper responds to the commentaries from Stacy Carter and Alan Cribb. We pick up on two main themes in our response. First, we reflect on how the process of setting standards for empirical bioethics resear...

    Authors: Michael Dunn, Jonathan Ives, Bert Molewijk and Jan Schildmann

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:66

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    The original article was published in BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:67

    The original article was published in BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:69

    The original article was published in BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:68

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