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  1. Organ transplantation represents the most effective and acceptable therapy for end-stage organ failure. However, its frequent practice often leads to a shortage of organs worldwide. To solve this dilemma, some...

    Authors: Rita da Silva Clemente Pinho, Cristina Maria Nogueira da Costa Santos and Ivone Maria Resende Figueiredo Duarte

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:139

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The H2020 i-CONSENT project has developed a set of guidelines that offer ethical recommendations and practical tools aimed at making the informed consent process in clinical studies more comprehensive, tailore...

    Authors: Jaime Fons-Martinez, Cristina Ferrer-Albero and Javier Diez-Domingo

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:138

    Content type: Research

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  3. Advance research directives (ARD) have been suggested as a means by which to facilitate research with incapacitated subjects, in particular in the context of dementia research. However, established disclosure ...

    Authors: Bert Heinrichs

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:137

    Content type: Debate

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  4. Rapid data sharing can maximize the utility of data. In epidemics and pandemics like Zika, Ebola, and COVID-19, the case for such practices seems especially urgent and warranted. Yet rapidly sharing data widely h...

    Authors: Bridget Pratt and Susan Bull

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:136

    Content type: Research

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  5. Despite its ubiquity in academic research, the phrase ‘ethical challenge(s)’ appears to lack an agreed definition. A lack of a definition risks introducing confusion or avoidable bias. Conceptual clarity is a ...

    Authors: Guy Schofield, Mariana Dittborn, Lucy Ellen Selman and Richard Huxtable

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:135

    Content type: Research

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  6. Evolving medical technology, advancing biomedical and drug research, and changing laws and legislation impact patients’ healthcare options and influence healthcare practitioners’ (HCPs’) practices. Conscientio...

    Authors: Janine Brown, Donna Goodridge, Lilian Thorpe, Alexandra Hodson and Mary Chipanshi

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:134

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Using an effective method for evaluating Institutional Review Board (IRB) performance is essential for ensuring an IRB’s effectiveness, efficiency, and compliance with applicable human research standards and o...

    Authors: Xing Liu, Ying Wu, Min Yang, Yang Li, Jessica Hahne, Kaveh Khoshnood, Linda Coleman and Xiaomin Wang

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:133

    Content type: Research

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  8. Over the past two decades, Uganda has experienced a significant increase in clinical research driven by both academia and industry. This has been combined with a broader spectrum of research proposals, with re...

    Authors: Provia Ainembabazi, Barbara Castelnuovo, Stephen Okoboi, Walter Joseph Arinaitwe, Rosalind Parkes-Ratanshi and Pauline Byakika-Kibwika

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:132

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified pre-existing challenges in healthcare in Africa. Long-standing health inequities, embedded in the continent over centuries, have been laid bare and have raised complex ethic...

    Authors: Keymanthri Moodley, Siti Mukaumbya Kabanda, Anita Kleinsmidt and Adetayo Emmanuel Obasa

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:131

    Content type: Research article

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  10. In March 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that humanity was entering a global pandemic phase. This unforeseen situation caught everyone unprepared and had a major impact on several profession...

    Authors: Alessia Maccaro, Davide Piaggio, Concetta Anna Dodaro and Leandro Pecchia

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:130

    Content type: Debate

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  11. Deciding whether to resuscitate extremely preterm infants (EPIs) is clinically and ethically problematic. The aim of the study was to understand neonatologists’ clinical–ethical decision-making for resuscitati...

    Authors: Alice Cavolo, Bernadette Dierckx de Casterlé, Gunnar Naulaers and Chris Gastmans

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:129

    Content type: Research

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  12. Involvement of adolescent girls in biomedical HIV research is essential to better understand efficacy and safety of new prevention interventions in this key population at high risk of HIV infection. However, t...

    Authors: Rita Nakalega, Carolyne Akello, Brenda Gati, Clemensia Nakabiito, Monica Nolan, Betty Kamira, Juliane Etima, Teopista Nakyanzi, Doreen Kemigisha, Sophie C. Nanziri, Stella Nanyonga, Maria Janine Nambusi, Emmie Mulumba, Florence Biira, Hadijah Kalule Nabunya, Simon Afrika Akasiima…

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:127

    Content type: Research

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  13. Mental health professionals (MHP) working in court-mandated treatment settings face ethical dilemmas due to their dual role in assuring their patient’s well-being while guaranteeing the security of the populat...

    Authors: Helene Merkt, Sophie Haesen, Ariel Eytan, Elmar Habermeyer, Marcelo F. Aebi, Bernice Elger and Tenzin Wangmo

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:123

    Content type: Research article

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  14. With the increased use of implanted medical devices follows a large number of explantations. Implants are removed for a wide range of reasons, including manufacturing defects, recovery making the device unnece...

    Authors: Sven Ove Hansson

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:121

    Content type: Research

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  15. A patient who fulfils the due diligence requirements for euthanasia, and is medically suitable, is able to donate his organs after euthanasia in Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada. Since 2012, more than 70 pa...

    Authors: Najat Tajaâte, Nathalie van Dijk, Elien Pragt, David Shaw, A. Kempener-Deguelle, Wim de Jongh, Jan Bollen and Walther van Mook

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:120

    Content type: Case report

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  16. Healthcare professionals and surrogate decision-makers often face the difficult decision of whether to initiate or withhold antibiotics from people with dementia who have developed a life-threatening infection...

    Authors: Gina Bravo, Lieve Van den Block, Jocelyn Downie, Marcel Arcand and Lise Trottier

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:119

    Content type: Research

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  17. Verbal autopsy is a pragmatic approach for generating cause-of-death data in contexts without well-functioning civil registration and vital statistics systems. It has primarily been conducted in health and dem...

    Authors: Alex Hinga, Vicki Marsh, Amek Nyaguara, Marylene Wamukoya and Sassy Molyneux

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:118

    Content type: Research

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  18. Precision medicine development is driven by the possibilities of next generation sequencing, information technology and artificial intelligence and thus, raises a number of ethical questions. Empirical studies...

    Authors: Anke Erdmann, Christoph Rehmann-Sutter and Claudia Bozzaro

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:116

    Content type: Review

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  19. To determine to which degree industry partners in randomised clinical trials own the data and can constrain publication rights of academic investigators.

    Authors: Asger S. Paludan-Müller, Michelle C. Ogden, Mikkel Marquardsen, Karsten J. Jørgensen and Peter C. Gøtzsche

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:115

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Obtaining informed consent for intravenous thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke can be challenging, and little is known about if and how the informed consent procedure is performed by neurologists in clinical...

    Authors: Valentijn J. Zonjee, Jos P. L. Slenders, Frank de Beer, Marieke C. Visser, Bastiaan C. ter Meulen, Renske M. Van den Berg-Vos and Sander M. van Schaik

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:114

    Content type: Research

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  21. The Western-European concept of libertarian rights-based autonomy, which advocates respect for individual rights, may conflict with African cultural values and norms. African communitarian ethics focuses on th...

    Authors: Francis Akpa-Inyang and Sylvester C. Chima

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:111

    Content type: Research article

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  22. The rise of Big Data-driven health research challenges the assumed contribution of medical research to the public good, raising questions about whether the status of such research as a common good should be ta...

    Authors: Sam H. A. Muller, Shona Kalkman, Ghislaine J. M. W. van Thiel, Menno Mostert and Johannes J. M. van Delden

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:110

    Content type: Debate

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  23. Importance of awareness of medical ethics and its integration into medical curriculum has been frequently highlighted. Study 1 aimed to assess the knowledge, attitude, and reported practices of medical ethics ...

    Authors: Carmina Shrestha, Ashma Shrestha, Jasmin Joshi, Shuvechchha Karki, Sajan Acharya and Suchita Joshi

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:109

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Over recent years, the research community has been increasingly using preprint servers to share manuscripts that are not yet peer-reviewed. Even if it enables quick dissemination of research findings, this pra...

    Authors: Raffaella Ravinetto, Céline Caillet, Muhammad H. Zaman, Jerome Amir Singh, Philippe J. Guerin, Aasim Ahmad, Carlos E. Durán, Amar Jesani, Ana Palmero, Laura Merson, Peter W. Horby, E. Bottieau, Tammy Hoffmann and Paul N. Newton

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:106

    Content type: Debate

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  25. Severe brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability. Diagnosis and prognostication are difficult, and errors occur often. Novel neuroimaging methods can improve diagnostic and prognostic accuracy, e...

    Authors: Andrew Peterson, Fiona Webster, Laura Elizabeth Gonzalez-Lara, Sarah Munce, Adrian M. Owen and Charles Weijer

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:105

    Content type: Research

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  26. Informed consent, whose goal is to assure that participants enter research voluntarily after disclosure of potential risks and benefits, may be impossible or impractical in emergency research. In low resource ...

    Authors: Dan Kabonge Kaye

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:104

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Institutions, funding agencies and publishers are placing increasing emphasis on good research data management (RDM). RDM lapses in medical science can result in questionable data and cause the public’s confid...

    Authors: Hui Xing Lau, Ser Lin Celine Lee and Yusuf Ali

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:103

    Content type: Technical advance

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  28. Clinical genomic professionals are increasingly facing decisions about returning incidental findings (IFs) from genetic research. Although previous studies have shown that research participants are interested ...

    Authors: Isamme AlFayyad, Mohamad Al-Tannir, Amani Abu-Shaheen and Saleh AlGhamdi

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:101

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Clinical ethics case consultations (CECCs) provide a structured approach in situations of ethical uncertainty or conflicts. There have been increasing calls in recent years to assess the quality of CECCs by me...

    Authors: Andre Nowak, Jan Schildmann, Stephan Nadolny, Nicolas Heirich, Kim P. Linoh, Henning Rosenau, Jochen Dutzmann, Daniel Sedding and Michel Noutsias

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:99

    Content type: Research

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  30. Little is known about the ethical situations which physiotherapists encounter internationally. This lack of knowledge impedes the ability of the profession to prepare and support physiotherapists in all world ...

    Authors: Caroline Fryer, Andrea Sturm, Roswith Roth and Ian Edwards

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:97

    Content type: Research

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  31. In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the biomedical research community’s attempt to focus the attention on fighting COVID-19, led to several challenges within the field of research ethics. However, we know ...

    Authors: Alice Faust, Anna Sierawska, Katharina Krüger, Anne Wisgalla, Joerg Hasford and Daniel Strech

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:96

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Informed consent forms for clinical research are several and variable at international, national and local levels. According to the literature, they are often unclear and poorly understood by participants. Wit...

    Authors: Cinzia Colombo, Michaela Th. Mayrhofer, Christine Kubiak, Serena Battaglia, Mihaela Matei, Marialuisa Lavitrano, Sara Casati, Victoria Chico, Irene Schluender, Tamara Carapina and Paola Mosconi

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:95

    Content type: Research article

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  33. The EU’s 2006 Paediatric Regulation aims to support authorisation of medicine for children, thus effectively increasing paediatric research. It is ethically imperative to simultaneously establish procedures th...

    Authors: Jana Reetz, Gesine Richter, Christoph Borzikowsky, Christine Glinicke, Stephanie Darabaneanu and Alena Buyx

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:93

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Operation room (OR) planning is a complex process, especially in large hospitals with high rates of unplanned emergency procedures. Postponing elective surgery in order to provide capacity for emergency operat...

    Authors: Julia Becker, Gerald Huschak, Hannes-Caspar Petzold, Volker Thieme, Sebastian Stehr and Sven Bercker

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:90

    Content type: Research

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    3.499 - 5-year Impact Factor
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