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  1. Content type: Debate

    For many decades, the debate on children’s competence to give informed consent in medical settings concentrated on ethical and legal aspects, with little empirical underpinnings. Recently, data from empirical ...

    Authors: Irma M. Hein, Martine C. De Vries, Pieter W. Troost, Gerben Meynen, Johannes B. Van Goudoever and Ramón J. L. Lindauer

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:76

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  2. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to review the typical factors related to physician’s liability in obstetrics and gynecology departments, as compared to those in internal medicine and surgery, regarding a breach of t...

    Authors: Tomoko Hamasaki and Akihito Hagihara

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:72

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV remains a key public health priority in most developing countries. The provider Initiated Opt – Out Prenatal HIV Screening Approach, recommended by the World H...

    Authors: Luchuo Engelbert Bain, Kris Dierickx and Kristien Hens

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:73

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Although law is established on a strong presumption that persons younger than a certain age are not competent to consent, statutory age limits for asking children’s consent to clinical research differ widely i...

    Authors: Irma M. Hein, Pieter W. Troost, Robert Lindeboom, Marc A. Benninga, C. Michel Zwaan, Johannes B. van Goudoever and Ramón JL Lindauer

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:74

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Many procedures currently require the use of bone grafts to replace or recover bone volume that has been resorbed. However, the patient’s opinion and preferences must be taken into account before implementing ...

    Authors: Ramón Fuentes Fernández, Cristina Bucchi, Pablo Navarro, Víctor Beltrán and Eduardo Borie

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:71

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  6. Content type: Debate

    Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has always required integration of patient values with ‘best’ clinical evidence. It is widely recognized that scientific practices and discoveries, including those of EBM, are val...

    Authors: Michael P. Kelly, Iona Heath, Jeremy Howick and Trisha Greenhalgh

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:69

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Patients’ satisfaction arises from their appraisal of experience in hospital services and measuring patients’ satisfaction in hospital has become a global phenomenon. To improve on patients’ satisfaction, radi...

    Authors: Ogbonnia Godfrey Ochonma, Charles Ugwoke Eze, Soludo Bartholomew Eze and Augustine Obi Okaro

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:68

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Interest in children’s agency within the research process has led to a renewed consideration of the relationships between researchers and children. Child protection concerns are sometimes not recognised by res...

    Authors: Duncan Randall, Kristin Childers-Buschle, Anna Anderson and Julie Taylor

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:66

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Patient autonomy is a fundamental, yet challenging, principle of professional medical ethics. The idea that individual patients should have the freedom to make choices about their lives, including medical matt...

    Authors: Lucija Murgic, Philip C. Hébert, Slavica Sovic and Gordana Pavlekovic

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:65

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  10. Content type: Research article

    International guidelines recommend ethical and scientific quality standards for managing and reporting adverse events occurring during clinical trials to competent research ethics committees and regulatory aut...

    Authors: Akoh Walter Ebile, Jerome Ateudjieu, Martin Ndinakie Yakum, Marceline Ngounoue Djuidje and Pierre Watcho

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:67

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  11. Content type: Research article

    This article is part of a study to gain insight into the decision-making process by looking at the views of the relatives of potential brain dead donors. Alongside a literature review, focus interviews were he...

    Authors: Jack de Groot, Maria van Hoek, Cornelia Hoedemaekers, Andries Hoitsma, Wim Smeets, Myrra Vernooij-Dassen and Evert van Leeuwen

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:64

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  12. Content type: Debate

    Institutional review boards (IRBs) distinguish health care quality improvement (QI) and health care quality improvement research (QIR) based primarily on the rigor of the methods used and the purported general...

    Authors: Kevin Fiscella, Jonathan N. Tobin, Jennifer K. Carroll, Hua He and Gbenga Ogedegbe

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:63

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Appropriate information and consent has been one of the most intensely discussed topics within the context of biobank research. In parallel to the normative debate, many socio-empirical studies have been condu...

    Authors: Flavio D’Abramo, Jan Schildmann and Jochen Vollmann

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:60

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  14. Content type: Debate

    Global collaboration in genomic research is increasingly both a scientific reality and an ethical imperative. This past decade has witnessed the emergence of six new, interconnected areas of ethical consensus ...

    Authors: Bartha Maria Knoppers and Ruth Chadwick

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:58

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  15. Content type: Research article

    To investigate the factors related to approval after review by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), the structure equation model was used to analyze the latent variables ‘investigators’, ‘vulnerability’ and ‘r...

    Authors: Dong-Sheng Tzeng, Yi-Chang Wu and Jane-Yi Hsu

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:57

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The recent Canadian lawsuit on patent infringement, filed by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), has engendered a significant public debate on whether patenting genes should be legal in Canada. ...

    Authors: Li Du, Kalina Kamenova and Timothy Caulfield

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:55

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Concurrent with efforts to establish national and regional biorepositories in Africa is widespread endorsement of ethics committees as stewards of the interests of individual donors and their communities. To d...

    Authors: Francis Barchi, Keikantse Matlhagela, Nicola Jones, Poloko M. Kebaabetswe and Jon F. Merz

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:54

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  18. Content type: Debate

    The public and healthcare workers have a high expectation of animal research which they perceive as necessary to predict the safety and efficacy of drugs before testing in clinical trials. However, the expecta...

    Authors: Susan Bridgwood Green

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:53

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  19. Content type: Research article

    In terms of ethical decision making, every clinical case, when seen as an ethical problem, may be analyzed by means of four topics: medical indications, patient preferences, quality of life, contextual feature...

    Authors: Mehmet İlgüy, Dilhan İlgüy and İnci Oktay

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:52

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Expectations of receiving personal health information as a fringe benefit of biospecimen donation—termed diagnostic misconception—are increasingly documented. We developed an instrument measuring conflation of...

    Authors: Sarah Knerr and Rachel M. Ceballos

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:49

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  21. Content type: Technical advance

    The boundaries between health-related research and practice have become blurred as initiatives traditionally considered to be practice (e.g., quality improvement, program evaluation) increasingly use the same ...

    Authors: Nancy K. Ondrusek, Donald J. Willison, Vinita Haroun, Jennifer A. H. Bell and Catherine C. Bornbaum

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:47

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  22. Content type: Debate

    Community engagement within biomedical research is broadly defined as a collaborative relationship between a research team and a group of individuals targeted for research. A Community Advisory Board (CAB) is ...

    Authors: Megan M. Campbell, Ezra Susser, Jantina de Vries, Adam Baldinger, Goodman Sibeko, Michael M. Mndini, Sibonile G. Mqulwana, Odwa A. Ntola, Raj S. Ramesar and Dan J. Stein

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:45

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Overtreatment (or unnecessary treatment) is when medical or dental services are provided with a higher volume or cost than is appropriate. This study aimed to investigate how a group of dentists in Switzerland...

    Authors: Ali Kazemian, Isabelle Berg, Christina Finkel, Shahram Yazdani, Hans-Florian Zeilhofer, Philipp Juergens and Stella Reiter-Theil

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:43

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Obtaining informed consent for participation in genomic research in low-income settings presents specific ethical issues requiring attention. These include the challenges that arise when providing information ...

    Authors: Karim Traore, Susan Bull, Alassane Niare, Salimata Konate, Mahamadou A. Thera, Dominic Kwiatkowski, Michael Parker and Ogobara K. Doumbo

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:42

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Some people with progressive neurological diseases find they need additional support with eating and drinking at mealtimes, and may require artificial nutrition and hydration. Decisions concerning artificial n...

    Authors: Gemma Clarke, Sarah Galbraith, Jeremy Woodward, Anthony Holland and Stephen Barclay

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:41

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  26. Content type: Research article

    All hospital trusts in Norway have clinical ethics committees (CEC). Some of them invite next of kin/patients to be present during the discussion of their case. This study looks closer at how parents of seriou...

    Authors: Reidun Førde and Trude Linja

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:40

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Community consultation is increasingly recommended, and in some cases, required by ethical review boards for research that involves higher levels of ethical risk such as international research and research wit...

    Authors: Leslie Shanks, Claudio Moroni, Isabel Cristina Rivera, Debbie Price, Sifa Banzira Clementine and Giovanni Pintaldi

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:38

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Involuntary treatment is a key issue in healthcare ethics. In this study, ethical issues relating to involuntary psychiatric treatment are investigated through interviews with Swedish psychiatrists.

    Authors: Manne Sjöstrand, Lars Sandman, Petter Karlsson, Gert Helgesson, Stefan Eriksson and Niklas Juth

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:37

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  29. Content type: Debate

    International partnerships in research are receiving ever greater attention, given that technology has diminished the restriction of geographical barriers with the effects of globalisation becoming more eviden...

    Authors: John D Chetwood, Nimzing G Ladep and Simon D Taylor-Robinson

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:36

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Efforts to counteract abuse in health care, defined as patient-experienced abuse, have mainly focused on interventions among caregivers. This study is the first to test an online intervention focusing on how p...

    Authors: A. Jelmer Brüggemann, Katarina Swahnberg and Barbro Wijma

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:35

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Decision-making capacity is a key concept in contemporary healthcare ethics. Previous research has mainly focused on philosophical, conceptual issues or on evaluation of different tools for assessing patients’...

    Authors: Manne Sjöstrand, Petter Karlsson, Lars Sandman, Gert Helgesson, Stefan Eriksson and Niklas Juth

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:34

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Several charters of rights have been issued in Europe to solemnly proclaim the rights of children during their hospital stay. However, notwithstanding such general declarations, the actual implementation of ho...

    Authors: Sofia Bisogni, Corinna Aringhieri, Kathleen McGreevy, Nicole Olivini, José Rafael Gonzalez Lopez, Daniele Ciofi, Alberta Marino Merlo, Paola Mariotti and Filippo Festini

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:33

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Obstetric ultrasound has become a significant tool in obstetric practice, however, it has been argued that its increasing use may have adverse implications for women’s reproductive freedom. This study aimed to...

    Authors: Kristina Edvardsson, Rhonda Small, Ann Lalos, Margareta Persson and Ingrid Mogren

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:31

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  34. Content type: Debate

    UK-based research conducted within a healthcare setting generally requires approval from the National Research Ethics Service. Research ethics committees are required to assess a vast range of proposals, diffe...

    Authors: Fiona A Stevenson, William Gibson, Caroline Pelletier, Vasiliki Chrysikou and Sophie Park

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:21

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  35. Content type: Research article

    As sharing and secondary research use of biospecimens increases, IRBs and researchers face the challenge of protecting and respecting donors without comprehensive regulations addressing the human subject prote...

    Authors: Aaron J Goldenberg, Karen J Maschke, Steven Joffe, Jeffrey R Botkin, Erin Rothwell, Thomas H Murray, Rebecca Anderson, Nicole Deming, Beth F Rosenthal and Suzanne M Rivera

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:32

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