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  1. Medical assistance in dying (MAID) has been legal in Québec since December 2015 and in the rest of Canada since July 2016. Since then, more than 60 people have donated their organs after MAID. Such donations r...

    Authors: Julie Allard, Fabian Ballesteros and Marie-Chantal Fortin

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:23

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented extraordinary challenges to worldwide healthcare systems, however, prevalence remains low in some countries. While the challenges of conducting research in high-prevalence c...

    Authors: Tony Skapetis, Constance Law and Rohan Rodricks

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:22

    Content type: Research article

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  3. In the context of translational research, researchers have increasingly been using biological samples and data in fundamental research phases. To explore informed consent practices, we conducted a retrospectiv...

    Authors: Elise Jacquier, Pierre Laurent-Puig, Cécile Badoual, Anita Burgun and Marie-France Mamzer

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:21

    Content type: Research article

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  4. The theory and practice of ethics consultations (ECs) in health care are still characterized by many controversies, including, for example, the practice of giving recommendations. These controversies are compl...

    Authors: Dagmar Schmitz, Dominik Groß and Roman Pauli

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:20

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) is a treatment modality that involves the introduction of stool from a healthy pre-screened donor into the gastrointestinal tract of a patient. It exerts its therapeutic effec...

    Authors: Amal G. Al-Bakri, Amal A. Akour and Wael K. Al-Delaimy

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:19

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Providing understandable information to patients is necessary to achieve the aims of the Informed Consent process: respecting and promoting patients’ autonomy and protecting patients from harm. In recent decad...

    Authors: Francesco Gesualdo, Margherita Daverio, Laura Palazzani, Dimitris Dimitriou, Javier Diez-Domingo, Jaime Fons-Martinez, Sally Jackson, Pascal Vignally, Caterina Rizzo and Alberto Eugenio Tozzi

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:18

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Advances in biomedicine can substantially change human life. However, progress is not always followed by ethical reflection on its consequences or scientists’ responsibility for their creations. The humanities...

    Authors: Irene Cambra-Badii, Elena Guardiola and Josep-E. Baños

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:17

    Content type: Debate

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  8. Medical ethics has recently seen a drive away from multiple prescriptive approaches, where physicians are inundated with guidelines and principles, towards alternative, less deontological perspectives. This re...

    Authors: Mervyn Conroy, Aisha Y. Malik, Catherine Hale, Catherine Weir, Alan Brockie and Chris Turner

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:16

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Artificial intelligence (AI) has been described as the “fourth industrial revolution” with transformative and global implications, including in healthcare, public health, and global health. AI approaches hold ...

    Authors: Kathleen Murphy, Erica Di Ruggiero, Ross Upshur, Donald J. Willison, Neha Malhotra, Jia Ce Cai, Nakul Malhotra, Vincci Lui and Jennifer Gibson

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:14

    Content type: Research article

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  10. The convergence of neuroscience, genomics, and data science holds promise to unveil the neurobiology of psychosis and to produce new ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating psychotic illness. Yet, moral c...

    Authors: Paolo Corsico

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:11

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Informed consent is a universally accepted precondition for scientific researches involving human participants. However, various factors influence the process of obtaining authentic informed consent, and resea...

    Authors: Tesfalem T. Tessema, Andamlak G. Alamdo, Eyoel B. Mekonnen, Fanna A. Debele, Juhar A. Bamud, Teklu G. Abessa and Tefera Belachew Lema

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:10

    Content type: Research article

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  12. This manuscript presents a framework to guide the identification and assessment of ethical opportunities and challenges associated with electronic patient records (EPR). The framework is intended to support de...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:9

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Respect for patients’ autonomy is usually considered to be an important ethical principle in Western countries; privacy is one of the implications of such respect. Healthcare professionals frequently encounter...

    Authors: Hui Zhang, Hongmei Zhang, Zhenxiang Zhang and Yuming Wang

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:8

    Content type: Debate

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  14. Consent for data research in acute and critical care is complex as patients become at least temporarily incapacitated or die. Existing guidelines and regulations in the European Union are of limited help and t...

    Authors: Marieke A. R. Bak, Rens Veeken, Marieke T. Blom, Hanno L. Tan and Dick L. Willems

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:7

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Critical public health measures implemented to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic have disrupted health research worldwide, including HIV prevention research. While genera...

    Authors: Stuart Rennie, Wairimu Chege, Leah A. Schrumpf, Florencia Luna, Robert Klitzman, Ernest Moseki, Brandon Brown, Steven Wakefield and Jeremy Sugarman

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:6

    Content type: Debate

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  16. In the coming years, surrogate decision-making is expected to become highly prevalent in Japanese clinical practice. Further, there has been a recent increase in activities promoting advance care planning, whi...

    Authors: Masashi Tanaka, Kayoko Ohnishi, Aya Enzo, Taketoshi Okita and Atsushi Asai

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:5

    Content type: Research article

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  17. There is a need for clearer guidance for pharmacists regarding their responsibilities when selling complementary medicines. A recently published ethical framework provides guidance regarding the specific respo...

    Authors: Amber Salman Popattia, Laetitia Hattingh and Adam La Caze

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:3

    Content type: Research article

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  18. In Pakistan, drug promotion practices, ethical or unethical, have rarely been in the spotlight. We aimed to assess the perception and barriers of medical representatives (MRs) and doctors (MDs) regarding ethic...

    Authors: Rehan Gul, Hamid Saeed, Zikria Saleem, Fawad Rasool, Furqan Kurshid Hashmi, Muhammad Islam, Imran Imran, Syed Atif Raza and Zeeshan Danish

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:2

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Paternalism/overprotection limits communication between healthcare professionals and patients and does not promote shared therapeutic decision-making. In the global north, communication patterns have been regu...

    Authors: Eduardo Lazcano-Ponce, Angelica Angeles-Llerenas, Rocío Rodríguez-Valentín, Luis Salvador-Carulla, Rosalinda Domínguez-Esponda, Claudia Iveth Astudillo-García, Eduardo Madrigal-de León and Gregorio Katz

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:125

    Content type: Research article

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  20. With growth of genomics research in Africa, concern has arisen about comprehension and adequacy of informed consent given the highly technical terms used in this field. We therefore decided to study whether th...

    Authors: Rasheed O. Taiwo, John Ipadeola, Temilola Yusuf, Faith Fagbohunlu, Gbemisola Jenfa, Sally N. Adebamowo and Clement A. Adebamowo

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:124

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The perception of organ donation and brain death among Syrian population has not been previously explored. The goal of this study is to evaluate the attitude and knowledge of organ donation among Syrians and t...

    Authors: Mario Tarzi, Malke Asaad, Joudi Tarabishi, Obada Zayegh, Rama Hamza, Ahmad Alhamid, Aya Zazo and Mohamad Morjan

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:123

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Informed consent is an important factor in a child’s moral structure from which different types of doctor–patient relationships arise. Children’s autonomy is currently under discussion in terms of their decent...

    Authors: Anderson Díaz-Pérez, Elkin Navarro Quiroz and Dilia Esther Aparicio Marenco

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:122

    Content type: Research article

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  23. End-of-life decisions for neonates with adverse prognosis are controversial and raise ethical and legal issues. In Greece, data on physicians’ profiles, motivation, values and attitudes underlying such decisio...

    Authors: Ilias Chatziioannidis, Zoi Iliodromiti, Theodora Boutsikou, Abraham Pouliakis, Evangelia Giougi, Rozeta Sokou, Takis Vidalis, Theodoros Xanthos, Cuttini Marina and Nicoletta Iacovidou

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:121

    Content type: Research article

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  24. There has been considerable investment and strategic planning to introduce genomic testing into Australia’s public health system. As more patients’ genomic data is being held by the public health system, there...

    Authors: Miranda E. Vidgen, Sid Kaladharan, Eva Malacova, Cameron Hurst and Nicola Waddell

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:119

    Content type: Research article

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  25. We aimed to examine the ethical concerns Singaporeans have about sharing health-data for precision medicine (PM) and identify suggestions for governance strategies. Just as Asian genomes are under-represented ...

    Authors: Tamra Lysaght, Angela Ballantyne, Vicki Xafis, Serene Ong, Gerald Owen Schaefer, Jeffrey Min Than Ling, Ainsley J. Newson, Ing Wei Khor and E. Shyong Tai

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:118

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Expanded access is the use of investigational drugs (IDs) outside of clinical trials. Generally it is performed in patients with serious and life-threatening diseases who cannot be treated satisfactorily with ...

    Authors: Jan Borysowski and Andrzej Górski

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:116

    Content type: Debate

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  27. Clinical Ethics Committees (CECs) are well established at healthcare institutions in resource-rich countries. However, there is limited information on established CECs in resource poor countries, especially in...

    Authors: Keymanthri Moodley, Siti Mukaumbya Kabanda, Leza Soldaat, Anita Kleinsmidt, Adetayo Emmanuel Obasa and Sharon Kling

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:115

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Good quality of care is dependent on nurses’ strong clinical skills and moral competencies, as well. While most nurses work with high moral standards, the moral performance of some nurses in some organizations...

    Authors: Hamideh Hakimi, Soodabeh Joolaee, Mansoureh Ashghali Farahani, Patricia Rodney and Hadi Ranjbar

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:114

    Content type: Research article

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  29. In Spain, there has been great effort by lawmakers to put Advance Directives (ADs) into practice since 2002. At the same time, the field of bioethics has been on the rise, a discipline that has spurred debate ...

    Authors: Benjamín Herreros, María Benito, Pablo Gella, Emanuele Valenti, Beatriz Sánchez and Tayra Velasco

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:113

    Content type: Debate

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  30. A key ethical question in genomics research relates to whether individual genetic research results should be disclosed to research participants and if so, which results are to be disclosed, by whom and when. W...

    Authors: Dimpho Ralefala, Mary Kasule, Ambroise Wonkam, Mogomotsi Matshaba and Jantina de Vries

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:112

    Content type: Research article

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  31. An analysis of the position statements of secular US medical and surgical professional societies on physician-assisted suicide (PAS) and euthanasia have not been published recently. Available statements were e...

    Authors: Joseph G. Barsness, Casey R. Regnier, C. Christopher Hook and Paul S. Mueller

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:111

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Decision making when patients ask a dentist for fee reduction is a real ethical dilemma at dental settings. The aim of this study was to evaluate how dental students and tutors think about their position for, ...

    Authors: Ali Kazemian, Mahsa Fayyazi and Shahrzad Shafiee

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:109

    Content type: Research article

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  33. There has been growing interest in the use of incentives to increase the uptake of health-related behaviours and achieve desired health outcomes at the individual and population level. However, the use of ince...

    Authors: Marilou Gagnon, Adrian Guta, Ross Upshur, Stuart J. Murray and Vicky Bungay

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:105

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Scientific advances have resulted in more complex medical systems, which in turn have led to an increase in the number of patient safety incidents (PSIs). In this environment, the importance of honest disclosu...

    Authors: Yujeong Kim and Eunmi Lee

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:104

    Content type: Research article

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  35. In the EU, clinical assessors, rapporteurs and the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use are obliged to assess the ethical aspects of a clinical development program and include major ethical flaws in ...

    Authors: Rosemarie D. L. C. Bernabe, Ghislaine J. M. W. van Thiel, Nancy S. Breekveldt, Christine C. Gispen and Johannes J. M. van Delden

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:103

    Content type: Research article

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  36. The opioid epidemic has enabled rapid and unsurpassed use of big data on people with opioid use disorder to design initiatives to battle the public health crisis, generally without adequate input from impacted...

    Authors: Elizabeth A. Evans, Elizabeth Delorme, Karl Cyr and Daniel M. Goldstein

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:101

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Biomedical and ethnographic studies among indigenous people are common practice in health and geographical research. Prior health research misconduct has been documented, particularly when obtaining genetic ma...

    Authors: Esteban Ortiz-Prado, Katherine Simbaña-Rivera, Lenin Gómez-Barreno, Leonardo Tamariz, Alex Lister, Juan Carlos Baca, Alegria Norris and Lila Adana-Diaz

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2020 21:100

    Content type: Research article

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