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  1. Professionals within the mental health services face many ethical dilemmas and challenging situations regarding the use of coercion. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the significance of participating ...

    Authors: Marit Helene Hem, Bert Molewijk, Elisabeth Gjerberg, Lillian Lillemoen and Reidar Pedersen

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:54

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The ethics of hastened death are complex. Studies on physicians’ opinions about assisted dying (euthanasia or assisted suicide) exist, but changes in physicians’ attitudes towards hastened death in clinical de...

    Authors: Reetta P. Piili, Riina Metsänoja, Heikki Hinkka, Pirkko-Liisa I. Kellokumpu-Lehtinen and Juho T. Lehto

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:40

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Surgical Informed Consent (SIC) has long been recognized as an important component of modern medicine. The ultimate goals of SIC are to improve clients’ understanding of the intended procedure, increase client...

    Authors: Million Teshome, Zenebe Wolde, Abel Gedefaw, Mequanent Tariku and Anteneh Asefa

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:38

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Mozambique has seen remarkable growth in biomedical research over the last decade. To meet a growing need, the National Committee for Bioethics in Health of Mozambique (CNBS) encouraged the development of ethi...

    Authors: Jahit Sacarlal, Vasco Muchanga, Carlos Mabutana, Matilde Mabui, Arlete Mariamo, Assa Júlio Cuamba, Leida Artur Fumo, Jacinta Silveira, Elizabeth Heitman and Troy D. Moon

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:37

    Content type: Research article

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  5. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  6. The Hospital Ethical Climate Survey (HECS) was developed in the USA and later shortened (HECS-S). HECS has previously been translated into Swedish and the aim of this study was to describe a process of transla...

    Authors: Pernilla Pergert, Cecilia Bartholdson, Marika Wenemark, Kim Lützén and Margareta af Sandeberg

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:35

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Many of the elderly in nursing homes are very ill and have a reduced quality of life. Life expectancy is often hard to predict. Decisions about life-prolonging treatment should be based on a professional asses...

    Authors: Kristin Klomstad, Reidar Pedersen, Reidun Førde and Maria Romøren

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:34

    Content type: Research article

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  8. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Freedom of conscience is a core element of human rights respected by most European countries. It allows abortion through the inclusion of a conscience clause, which permits opting out of providing such service...

    Authors: Valerie Fleming, Lucy Frith, Ans Luyben and Beate Ramsayer

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:31

    Content type: Research article

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  10. With the growing amount of clinical research, regulations and research ethics are becoming more stringent. This trend introduces a need for quality assurance measures for ensuring adherence to research ethics ...

    Authors: Sinyoung Park, Chung Mo Nam, Sejung Park, Yang Hee Noh, Cho Rong Ahn, Wan Sun Yu, Bo Kyung Kim, Seung Min Kim, Jin Seok Kim and Sun Young Rha

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:30

    Content type: Research article

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  11. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  12. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  13. In October 2013, the Declaration of Helsinki was revised a seventh time in its 50 year history. While it is the most widely accepted set of ethical principles for the protection of patients participating in me...

    Authors: Antonia-Sophie Skierka and Karin B. Michels

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:24

    Content type: Research article

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  14. We investigated whether, in the emergency department (ED), educational video-assisted informed consent is superior to the conventional consent process, to inform trauma patients undergoing surgery about the pr...

    Authors: Yen-Ko Lin, Chao-Wen Chen, Wei-Che Lee, Yuan-Chia Cheng, Tsung-Ying Lin, Chia-Ju Lin, Leiyu Shi, Yin-Chun Tien and Liang-Chi Kuo

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:23

    Content type: Research article

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  15. This article proposes a retrospective analysis of a compassionate use (CU), using a case study of request for Avelumab for a patient suffering from Merkel Cell Carcinoma. The study is the result of a discussio...

    Authors: Ludovica De Panfilis, Roberto Satolli and Massimo Costantini

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:22

    Content type: Debate

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  16. Increasing attention and efforts are being put towards engaging patients in health research, and some have even argued that patient engagement in research (PER) is an ethical imperative. Yet there is relativel...

    Authors: Jean-Christophe Bélisle-Pipon, Geneviève Rouleau and Stanislav Birko

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:21

    Content type: Research article

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  17. There is a growing interest in aggregating more biomedical and patient data into large health data sets for research and public benefits. However, collecting and processing patient data raises new ethical issu...

    Authors: Corine Mouton Dorey, Holger Baumann and Nikola Biller-Andorno

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:20

    Content type: Research article

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  18. The use of placebos in randomised controlled trials is a subject of considerable ethical debate. In this paper we present a set of considerations to evaluate the ethics of placebo controlled trials that includ...

    Authors: Phaik Yeong Cheah, Norbert Steinkamp, Lorenz von Seidlein and Ric N. Price

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:19

    Content type: Debate

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  19. Euthanasia and assisted suicide (EAS) have been legally possible in the Netherlands since 2001, provided that statutory due care criteria are met, including: (a) voluntary and well-considered request; (b) unbe...

    Authors: Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, Leopold Curfs, Ilora Finlay and Sheila Hollins

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:17

    Content type: Research article

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  20. With a large number of forcibly displaced people seeking safety, the EU is facing a challenge in maintaining solidarity. Europe has seen millions of asylum seekers crossing European borders, the largest number...

    Authors: Dorien T. Beeres, Darren Cornish, Machiel Vonk, Sofanne J. Ravensbergen, Els L. M. Maeckelberghe, Pieter Boele Van Hensbroek and Ymkje Stienstra

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:16

    Content type: Debate

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  21. The article defines a comprehensive concept of cognitive objectivity (CCCO) applied to embodied subjects in health care. The aims of this study were: (1) to specify some necessary conditions for the definition...

    Authors: Hans Magnus Solli and António Barbosa da Silva

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:15

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Pragmatic randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are designed to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions in real-world clinical conditions. However, these studies raise ethical issues for researchers and regu...

    Authors: Cory E. Goldstein, Charles Weijer, Jamie C. Brehaut, Dean A. Fergusson, Jeremy M. Grimshaw, Austin R. Horn and Monica Taljaard

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:14

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Genomic biobanking research is undergoing exponential growth in Africa raising a host of legal, ethical and social issues. Given the scientific complexity associated with genomics, there is a growing recogniti...

    Authors: Ciara Staunton, Paulina Tindana, Melany Hendricks and Keymanthri Moodley

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:13

    Content type: Research article

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  24. 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

    Content type: Debate

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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. Compensation for research related injuries is a subject that is increasingly gaining traction in developing countries which are burgeoning destinations of multi center research. However, the existence of dispa...

    Authors: George Rugare Chingarande and Keymanthri Moodley

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:8

    Content type: Research article

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  28. 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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  29. A review of literature published a decade ago noted a significant increase in empirical papers across nine bioethics journals. This study provides an update on the presence of empirical papers in the same nine...

    Authors: Tenzin Wangmo, Sirin Hauri, Eloise Gennet, Evelyn Anane-Sarpong, Veerle Provoost and Bernice S. Elger

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:6

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  30. The participation of vulnerable patients in clinical research poses apparent ethical dilemmas. Depending on the nature of the vulnerability, their participation may challenge the ethical principles of autonomy...

    Authors: Gert J. van der Wilt, Janneke P. C. Grutters, Angela H. E. M. Maas and Herbert J. A. Rolden

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:5

    Content type: Debate

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  31. Fake news and alternative facts have become commonplace in these so-called “post-factual times.” What about medical research - are scientific facts fake as well? Many recent disclosures have fueled the claim t...

    Authors: Bjørn Hofmann

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:4

    Content type: Debate

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  32. 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

    Content type: Debate

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  33. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. Community engagement (CE) models have provided much needed guidance for researchers to conceptualise and design engagement strategies for research projects. Most of the published strategies, however, still sho...

    Authors: Rosemary Musesengwa and Moses J. Chimbari

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:76

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  38. 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

    Content type: Debate

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  39. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  40. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  41. 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

    Content type: Debate

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