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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Content type: Research article

    In an adaptive clinical trial (ACT), key trial characteristics may be altered during the course of the trial according to predefined rules in response to information that accumulates within the trial itself. I...

    Authors: Laurie J Legocki, William J Meurer, Shirley Frederiksen, Roger J Lewis, Valerie L Durkalski, Donald A Berry, William G Barsan and Michael D Fetters

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:27

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The provision of informed consent is a prerequisite for inclusion of a patient in a clinical research project. In some countries, the legislation on clinical research authorizes a third person to provide infor...

    Authors: Anne-Marie Mendyk, Julien Labreuche, Hilde Henon, Marie Girot, Charlotte Cordonnier, Alain Duhamel, Didier Leys and Régis Bordet

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:26

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Community engagement has been recognised as an important aspect of the ethical conduct of biomedical research, especially when research is focused on ethnically or culturally distinct populations. While this i...

    Authors: Paulina Tindana, Jantina de Vries, Megan Campbell, Katherine Littler, Janet Seeley, Patricia Marshall, Jennifer Troyer, Morisola Ogundipe, Vincent Pius Alibu, Aminu Yakubu and Michael Parker

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:24

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  14. Content type: Debate

    Empirical-ethical research constitutes a relatively new field which integrates socio-empirical research and normative analysis. As direct inferences from descriptive data to normative conclusions are problemat...

    Authors: Sabine Salloch, Sebastian Wäscher, Jochen Vollmann and Jan Schildmann

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:20

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  15. Content type: Debate

    In 2008, researchers reported that Timothy Brown (the ‘Berlin Patient’), a man with HIV infection and leukemia, received a stem-cell transplant that removed HIV from his body as far as can be detected. In 2013...

    Authors: Stuart Rennie, Mark Siedner, Joseph D Tucker and Keymanthri Moodley

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:18

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Conscientious objection (CO) to participating in induced abortion is not present in the Finnish health care system or legislation unlike in many other European countries.

    Authors: Petteri Nieminen, Saara Lappalainen, Pauliina Ristimäki, Markku Myllykangas and Anne-Mari Mustonen

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:17

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The importance of the hidden curriculum is recognised as a practical training ground for the absorption of medical ethics by healthcare professionals. Pakistan’s healthcare sector is hampered by the exclusion ...

    Authors: Sara Rizvi Jafree, Rubeena Zakar, Florian Fischer and Muhammad Zakria Zakar

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:16

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Despite the increased prevalence of bioethics research that seeks to use empirical data to answer normative research questions, there is no consensus as to what an appropriate methodology for this would be. Th...

    Authors: Rachel Davies, Jonathan Ives and Michael Dunn

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:15

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Many publicly-funded health systems apply cost-benefit frameworks in response to the moral dilemma of how best to allocate scarce healthcare resources. However, implementation of recommendations based on costs...

    Authors: Neil McHugh, Rachel M Baker, Helen Mason, Laura Williamson, Job van Exel, Rohan Deogaonkar, Marissa Collins and Cam Donaldson

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:14

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  20. Content type: Debate

    Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is one of the world’s leading humanitarian medical organizations. The increased emphasis in MSF on research led to the creation of an ethics review board (ERB) in 2001. The ERB h...

    Authors: Doris Schopper, Angus Dawson, Ross Upshur, Aasim Ahmad, Amar Jesani, Raffaella Ravinetto, Michael J Segelid, Sunita Sheel and Jerome Singh

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:10

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  21. Content type: Research article

    There have been few empirical studies into what non-medical factors influence physicians and nurses when deciding about admission and discharge of ICU patients. Information about the attitudes of healthcare pr...

    Authors: Anke JM Oerlemans, Nelleke van Sluisveld, Eric SJ van Leeuwen, Hub Wollersheim, Wim JM Dekkers and Marieke Zegers

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:9

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  22. Content type: Research article

    In our time there is growing interest in developing a systematic approach to oncologic patients and end-of-life care. An important goal within this domain is to identify the values and ethical norms that guide...

    Authors: Uría Guevara-López, Myriam M Altamirano-Bustamante and Carlos Viesca-Treviño

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:11

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The Dutch law states that a physician may perform euthanasia according to a written advance euthanasia directive (AED) when a patient is incompetent as long as all legal criteria of due care are met. This may ...

    Authors: Pauline SC Kouwenhoven, Natasja JH Raijmakers, Johannes JM van Delden, Judith AC Rietjens, Donald G van Tol, Suzanne van de Vathorst, Nienke de Graeff, Heleen AM Weyers, Agnes van der Heide and Ghislaine JMW van Thiel

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:7

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Euthanasia remains controversial in Canada and an issue of debate among physicians. Most studies have explored the opinion of health professionals regarding its legalization, but have not investigated their in...

    Authors: Mireille Lavoie, Gaston Godin, Lydi-Anne Vézina-Im, Danielle Blondeau, Isabelle Martineau and Louis Roy

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:6

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Randomised clinical trials (RCTs) involve procedures such as randomisation, blinding, and placebo use, which are not part of standard medical care. Patients asked to participate in RCTs often experience diffic...

    Authors: Tapani Keränen, Arja Halkoaho, Emmi Itkonen and Anna-Maija Pietilä

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:2

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  26. Content type: Debate

    For decades, the discussion on children’s competence to consent to medical issues has concentrated around normative concerns, with little progress in clinical practices. Decision-making competence is an import...

    Authors: Irma M Hein, Pieter W Troost, Alice Broersma, Martine C de Vries, Joost G Daams and Ramón J L Lindauer

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:1

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Benefit sharing in health research has been the focus of international debates for many years, particularly in developing countries. Whilst increasing attention is being given to frameworks that can guide rese...

    Authors: Dorcas M Kamuya, Vicki Marsh, Patricia Njuguna, Patrick Munywoki, Michael Parker and Sassy Molyneux

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2014 15:90

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  28. Content type: Debate

    This article outlines procedures for the feedback of individual research data to participants. This feedback framework was developed in the context of a personalized medicine research project in Canada. Resear...

    Authors: Adrian Thorogood, Yann Joly, Bartha Maria Knoppers, Tommy Nilsson, Peter Metrakos, Anthoula Lazaris and Ayat Salman

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2014 15:88

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  29. Content type: Correspondence

    Policymaking is both an art and a science. It is a long process of research, debate and consensus (where possible). The elaboration of the Framework for Responsible Sharing of Genomic and Health-Related Data serv...

    Authors: Bartha M Knoppers

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2014 15:87

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Medical students(MS) will face ethical issues throughout their lives as doctors. The present study aims to investigate medical students’ opinions on controversial ethical issues and factors associated with the...

    Authors: Giancarlo Lucchetti, Leandro Romani de Oliveira, José Roberto Leite and Alessandra Lamas Granero Lucchetti

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2014 15:85

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Submission of study protocols to research ethics committees (RECs) constitutes one of the earliest stages at which planned trials are documented in detail. Previous studies have investigated the amendments req...

    Authors: Marlies van Lent, Gerard A Rongen and Henk J Out

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2014 15:83

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  32. Content type: Research article

    In recent years, the attention on the use of coercion in mental health care has increased. The use of coercion is common and controversial, and involves many complex ethical challenges. The research question i...

    Authors: Marit Helene Hem, Bert Molewijk and Reidar Pedersen

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2014 15:82

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The creation of biobanks depends upon people’s willingness to donate their samples for research purposes and to agree to sample storage. Moreover, biobanks are a public good that requires active participation ...

    Authors: Corinna Porteri, Patrizio Pasqualetti, Elena Togni and Michael Parker

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2014 15:81

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