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  1. The introduction and wide application of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) has triggered further evolution of routines in the practice of prenatal diagnosis. ‘Routinization’ of prenatal diagnosis however ha...

    Authors: Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Daniëlle R. M. Timmermans and Aviad Raz
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:87
  2. Prenatal genetic testing, in particular non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), as well as screening for risks associated with pregnancy, and counseling, play pivotal roles in reproductive healthcare, offering v...

    Authors: Mirriam Tyebally Fang, Federico Germani, Giovanni Spitale, Sebastian Wäscher, Ladina Kunz and Nikola Biller-Andorno
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:85
  3. With the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), global researchers were confronted with major challenges. The German National Pandemic Cohort Network (NAPKON) was launched in...

    Authors: Katharina Tilch, Sina M. Hopff, Katharina Appel, Monika Kraus, Bettina Lorenz-Depiereux, Lisa Pilgram, Gabi Anton, Sarah Berger, Ramsia Geisler, Kirsten Haas, Thomas Illig, Dagmar Krefting, Roberto Lorbeer, Lazar Mitrov, Maximilian Muenchhoff, Matthias Nauck…
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:84
  4. New disease-modifying ways to treat Parkinson’s disease (PD) may soon become a reality with intracerebral transplantation of cell products produced from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). The aim of this stud...

    Authors: Karin Schölin Bywall, Jennifer Drevin, Catharina Groothuis-Oudshoorn, Jorien Veldwijk, Dag Nyholm, Hakan Widner, Trinette van Vliet, Elena Jiltsova, Mats Hansson and Jennifer Viberg Johansson
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:83
  5. Medical errors, unsatisfactory outcomes, or treatment complications often prompt patient complaints about healthcare providers. In response, physicians may adopt defensive practices to mitigate objections, avo...

    Authors: Mohammad Hossein Eftekhari, Alireza Parsapoor, Ayat Ahmadi, Neda Yavari, Bagher Larijani and Ehsan Shamsi Gooshki
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:82
  6. While genomic data sharing can facilitate important health research and discovery benefits, these must be balanced against potential privacy risks and harms to individuals. Understanding public attitudes and p...

    Authors: Holly Etchegary, Georgia Darmonkov, Charlene Simmonds, Daryl Pullman and Proton Rahman
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:81
  7. Each individual’s unique health-related beliefs can greatly impact the patient-clinician relationship. When there is a conflict between the patient’s preferences and recommended medical care, it can create a s...

    Authors: Tetsuya Yumoto, Takashi Hongo, Yasuhiro Koide, Takafumi Obara, Kohei Tsukahara, Hiromichi Naito and Atsunori Nakao
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:80
  8. Healthcare professionals use the ethics of justice and care to construct moral reasoning. These ethics are conflicting in nature; different value systems and orders of justice and care are applied to the cause...

    Authors: Kayoko Tsunematsu, Atsushi Asai and Yasuhiro Kadooka
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:79

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:103

  9. One of the core goals of Digital Health Technologies (DHT) is to transform healthcare services and delivery by shifting primary care from hospitals into the community. However, achieving this goal will rely on...

    Authors: Tamra Lysaght, Hui Yun Chan, James Scheibner, Hui Jin Toh and Bernadette Richards
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:78
  10. Among the myriad voices advocating diverging ideas of what general practice ought to be, none seem to adequately capture its ethical core. There is a paucity of attempts to integrate moral theory with empirica...

    Authors: Linus Johnsson, Anna T. Höglund and Lena Nordgren
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:75
  11. Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) play a vital role in safeguarding the rights and interests of both research participants and researchers. However, China initiated the establishment of its own IRB system rel...

    Authors: Lu Lu, Shuwen Shi, Bojing Liu and Chanjuan Liu
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:74
  12. Standard interpretations of the ethical principle of respect for persons have not incorporated the views and values of patients, especially patients from groups underrepresented in research. This limits the ab...

    Authors: Stephanie A. Kraft, Devan M. Duenas and Seema K. Shah
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:73
  13. Forward-looking, democratically oriented governance is needed to ensure that human genome editing serves rather than undercuts public values. Scientific, policy, and ethics communities have recognized this nec...

    Authors: Cynthia Selin, Lauren Lambert, Stephanie Morain, John P. Nelson, Dorit Barlevy, Mahmud Farooque, Haley Manley and Christopher T. Scott
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:72
  14. In June 2016, Canada legalized medical assistance in dying (MAiD). From the outset, some healthcare institutions (including faith-based and non-faith-based hospitals, hospices, and residential aged care facili...

    Authors: Eliana Close, Ruthie Jeanneret, Jocelyn Downie, Lindy Willmott and Ben P White
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:71
  15. Anticipatory planning in the UK focuses on supporting people who anticipate periods of impaired capacity to express their wishes about future care through processes such as advance care planning. Other countri...

    Authors: Victoria Shepherd, Kerenza Hood and Fiona Wood
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:70
  16. Infertility is an increasingly prevalent disease in society and is considered by the World Health Organization to be a public health problem. An important ethical issue arises from the clarification of reprodu...

    Authors: Drauzio Oppenheimer, Francisca Rego and Rui Nunes
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:69
  17. The significance of medical implants goes beyond technical functioning and reaches into everyday life, with consequences for individuals as well as society. Ethical aspects associated with the everyday use of ...

    Authors: Sabine Schulz, Laura Harzheim, Constanze Hübner, Mariya Lorke, Saskia Jünger and Christiane Woopen
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:68
  18. Research ethics is intertwined with and depends on building robust and responsive research governance systems alongside researchers. Globally there has been substantial investment in agriculture, nutrition, an...

    Authors: Limbanazo Matandika, Kate Millar, Eric Umar and Joseph Mfutso-Bengo
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:66
  19. The fourth section of the 1967 Abortion Act states that individuals (including health care practitioners) do not have to participate in an abortion if they have a conscientious objection. A conscientious objec...

    Authors: Becky Self, Clare Maxwell and Valerie Fleming
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:65
  20. Shared decision making (SDM) and advance care planning (ACP) are important evidence and ethics based concepts that can be translated in communication tools to aid the treatment decision-making process. Althoug...

    Authors: Ana Rosca, Isabelle Karzig-Roduner, Jürgen Kasper, Niek Rogger, Daniel Drewniak and Tanja Krones
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:64
  21. In this qualitative analysis we aimed to explore addiction physicians’ perspectives on safer injection education for people who inject drugs, especially: (1) on possible means of introducing safer injection ed...

    Authors: Anastasia Demina, Caroline Desprès and Marie-France Mamzer
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:63
  22. Although the importance of clinical ethics in contemporary clinical environments is established, development of formal clinical ethics services in the Australia health system has, to date, been ad hoc. This st...

    Authors: Elizabeth Hoon, Jessie Edwards, Gill Harvey, Jaklin Eliott, Tracy Merlin, Drew Carter, Stewart Moodie and Gerry O’Callaghan
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:62
  23. Thirst and dry mouth are common symptoms in terminally ill patients. In their day-to-day practice, palliative care physicians regularly encounter ethical dilemmas, especially regarding artificial hydration. Fe...

    Authors: Maria Friedrichsen, Caroline Lythell, Nana Waldréus, Tiny Jaarsma, Helene Ångström, Micha Milovanovic, Marit Karlsson, Anna Milberg, Hans Thulesius, Christel Hedman, Anne Söderlund Schaller and Pier Jaarsma
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:61
  24. As more people are living longer, they become frail and are affected by multi-morbidity, resulting in increased demands from the ambulance service. Being vulnerable, older patients may have reduced decision-ma...

    Authors: Bodil Holmberg, Anna Bennesved and Anders Bremer
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:60
  25. Ethical decision‑making and behavior of nurses are major factors that can affect the quality of nursing care. Moral development of nurses to making better ethical decision-making is an essential element for ma...

    Authors: Morteza Khaghanizadeh, Aliakbar Koohi, Abbas Ebadi and Amir Vahedian-Azimi
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:58
  26. An increasing number of studies on physicians’ professionalism have been done since the 2002 publication of Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium: A Physician Charter. The Charter proposed three fundament...

    Authors: Jing Chen, Qiu-xia Yang, Rui Zhang, Yan Tan and Yu-chen Long
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:57
  27. Little is known about communication between patients, families, and healthcare providers regarding ethical concerns that patients and families experience in the course of illness and medical care. To address t...

    Authors: Mariam Noorulhuda, Christine Grady, Paul Wakim, Talia Bernhard, Hae Lin Cho and Marion Danis
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:56
  28. The use of long-term life-sustaining technology for children improves survival rates in paediatric intensive care units (PICUs), but it may also increase long-term morbidity. One example of this is children wh...

    Authors: Denise Alexander, Mary Quirke, Carmel Doyle, Katie Hill, Kate Masterson and Maria Brenner
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:55

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:67

  29. Although the Covid-19 epidemic challenged existing medical care norms and practices, it was no excuse for unlawful conduct. On the contrary, legal compliance proved essential in fighting the pandemic. Within t...

    Authors: Maria Cristina Plaiasu, Dragos Ovidiu Alexandru and Codrut Andrei Nanu
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:54
  30. Over the last few decades biobanks have been recognised as institutions that may revolutionise biomedical research and the development of personalised medicine. Poland, however, still lacks clear regulations r...

    Authors: Jan Domaradzki, Justyna Czekajewska and Dariusz Walkowiak
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:53
  31. Although the Life-Sustaining Treatment (LST) Decision Act was enforced in 2018 in Korea, data on whether it is well established in actual clinical settings are limited. Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) is a c...

    Authors: Ae-Rin Baek, Sang-Bum Hong, Soohyun Bae, Hye Kyeong Park, Changhwan Kim, Hyun-Kyung Lee, Woo Hyun Cho, Jin Hyoung Kim, Youjin Chang, Heung Bum Lee, Hyun-Il Gil, Beomsu Shin, Kwang Ha Yoo, Jae Young Moon, Jee Youn Oh, Kyung Hoon Min…
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:52
  32. It is widely acknowledged that trust plays an important role for the acceptability of data sharing practices in research and healthcare, and for the adoption of new health technologies such as AI. Yet there is...

    Authors: Angeliki Kerasidou and Charalampia (Xaroula) Kerasidou
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:51

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:77

  33. Institutional review boards (IRBs) are formally designated to review, approve, and monitor biomedical research. They are responsible for ensuring that researchers comply with the ethical guidelines concerning ...

    Authors: Areej AlFattani, Norah AlBedah, Asma AlShahrani, Ammar Alkawi, Amani AlMeharish, Yasmin Altwaijri, Abeer Omar, M. Zuheir AlKawi and Asim Khogeer
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:50
  34. It has been argued that ethics review committees—e.g., Research Ethics Committees, Institutional Review Boards, etc.— have weaknesses in reviewing big data and artificial intelligence research. For instance, t...

    Authors: Francis McKay, Bethany J. Williams, Graham Prestwich, Daljeet Bansal, Darren Treanor and Nina Hallowell
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:49
  35. Healthcare providers have to make ethically complex clinical decisions which may be a source of stress. Researchers have recently introduced Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based applications to assist in clinica...

    Authors: Lasse Benzinger, Frank Ursin, Wolf-Tilo Balke, Tim Kacprowski and Sabine Salloch
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:48
  36. Biobanking biospecimens and consent are common practice in paediatric research. We need to explore children and young people’s (CYP) knowledge and perspectives around the use of and consent to biobanking. This...

    Authors: Fabian J. S. van der Velden, Emma Lim, Lily Gills, Jasmin Broadey, Louise Hayes, Eve Roberts, Jack Courtney, Joanne Ball, Jethro Herberg, Rachel Galassini and Marieke Emonts
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:47
  37. Dementia care is essential to promote the well-being of patients but remains a difficult task prone to ethical issues. These issues include questions like whether manipulating a person with dementia is ethical...

    Authors: Sigurd Lauridsen, Frederik Schou-Juul, Anna Paldam Folker, Peter Simonsen, Marie-Elisabeth Phil and Sofie Smedegaard Skov
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:45
  38. Pregnant people have been overlooked or excluded from clinical research, resulting in a lack of scientific knowledge on medication safety and efficacy during pregnancy. Thus far, both the opportunities to gene...

    Authors: Marieke J Hollestelle, Rieke van der Graaf, Miriam CJM Sturkenboom and Johannes JM van Delden
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:44
  39. Literature on issues relating to comprehension during the process of obtaining informed consent (IC) has largely focused on the challenges potential participants can face in understanding the IC documents, and...

    Authors: Nkosi Busisiwe, Janet Seeley, Ann Strode and Michael Parker
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:43
  40. Despite the recognition that developing artificial intelligence (AI) that is trustworthy is necessary for public acceptability and the successful implementation of AI in healthcare contexts, perspectives from ...

    Authors: Rachel Dlugatch, Antoniya Georgieva and Angeliki Kerasidou
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:42
  41. The COVID-19 pandemic causes moral challenges and moral distress for healthcare professionals and, due to an increased work load, reduces time and opportunities for clinical ethics support services. Neverthele...

    Authors: Mark L. van Zuylen, Janine C. de Snoo-Trimp, Suzanne Metselaar, Dave A. Dongelmans and Bert Molewijk
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:40
  42. Professionalism is a crucial component of medical practice. It is a culturally sensitive notion that generally consists of behaviors, values, communication, and relationships. This study is a qualitative study...

    Authors: Eiad AlFaris, Farhana Irfan, Noura Abouammoh, Nasriah Zakaria, Abdullah MA Ahmed, Omar Kasule, Dina M Aldosari, Nora A AlSahli, Mohammed Ghatar Alshibani and Gominda Ponnamperuma
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:39

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