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  1. Research article

    Ethical issues of informed consent in malaria research proposals submitted to a research ethics committee in Thailand: a retrospective document review

    The informed-consent process should be one of meaningful information exchange between researchers and study participants. One of the responsibilities of research ethics committees is to oversee appropriate inf...

    Pornpimon Adams, Sukanya Prakobtham, Chanthima Limpattaracharoen, Sumeth Suebtrakul, Pitchapa Vutikes, Srisin Khusmith, Polrat Wilairatana, Paul Adams and Jaranit Kaewkungwal

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:50

    Published on: 14 August 2017

  2. Research article

    The Liverpool Care Pathway: discarded in cancer patients but good enough for dying nursing home patients? A systematic review

    The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is an interdisciplinary protocol, aiming to ensure that dying patients receive dignified and individualized treatment and care at the end-of-life. LCP was originally developed ...

    Bettina S. Husebø, Elisabeth Flo and Knut Engedal

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:48

    Published on: 9 August 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:52

  3. Research article

    Healthcare professionals’ and patients’ perspectives on consent to clinical genetic testing: moving towards a more relational approach

    This paper proposes a refocusing of consent for clinical genetic testing, moving away from an emphasis on autonomy and information provision, towards an emphasis on the virtues of healthcare professionals seek...

    Gabrielle Natalie Samuel, Sandi Dheensa, Bobbie Farsides, Angela Fenwick and Anneke Lucassen

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:47

    Published on: 8 August 2017

  4. Research article

    Pre- and post-testing counseling considerations for the provision of expanded carrier screening: exploration of European geneticists’ views

    Carrier screening is generally performed with the aim of identifying healthy couples at risk of having a child affected with a monogenic disorder to provide them with reproductive options. Expanded carrier scr...

    Sandra Janssens, Davit Chokoshvili, Danya F. Vears, Anne De Paepe and Pascal Borry

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:46

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  5. Research article

    Familiar ethical issues amplified: how members of research ethics committees describe ethical distinctions between disaster and non-disaster research

    The conduct of research in settings affected by disasters such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes is challenging, particularly when infrastructures and resources were already limited pre-disaster. However, ...

    Catherine M. Tansey, James Anderson, Renaud F. Boulanger, Lisa Eckenwiler, John Pringle, Lisa Schwartz and Matthew Hunt

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:44

    Published on: 28 June 2017

  6. Debate

    Ethics review of studies during public health emergencies - the experience of the WHO ethics review committee during the Ebola virus disease epidemic

    Between 2013 and 2016, West Africa experienced the largest ever outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease. In the absence of registered treatments or vaccines to control this lethal disease, the World Health Organizatio...

    Emilie Alirol, Annette C. Kuesel, Maria Magdalena Guraiib, Vânia de la Fuente-Núñez, Abha Saxena and Melba F. Gomes

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:43

    Published on: 26 June 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:45

  7. Research article

    Staff’s normative attitudes towards coercion: the role of moral doubt and professional context—a cross-sectional survey study

    The use of coercion is morally problematic and requires an ongoing critical reflection. We wondered if not knowing or being uncertain whether coercion is morally right or justified (i.e. experiencing moral dou...

    Bert Molewijk, Almar Kok, Tonje Husum, Reidar Pedersen and Olaf Aasland

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:37

    Published on: 25 May 2017

  8. Research Article

    Written versus verbal consent: a qualitative study of stakeholder views of consent procedures used at the time of recruitment into a peripartum trial conducted in an emergency setting

    Obtaining prospective written consent from women to participate in trials when they are experiencing an obstetric emergency is challenging. Alternative consent pathways, such as gaining verbal consent at enrol...

    J. Lawton, N. Hallowell, C. Snowdon, J. E. Norman, K. Carruthers and F. C. Denison

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:36

    Published on: 24 May 2017

  9. Research article

    The Picture Talk Project: Starting a Conversation with Community Leaders on Research with Remote Aboriginal Communities of Australia

    Researchers are required to seek consent from Indigenous communities prior to conducting research but there is inadequate information about how Indigenous people understand and become fully engaged with this c...

    E.F.M. Fitzpatrick, G. Macdonald, A.L.C. Martiniuk, H. D’Antoine, J. Oscar, M. Carter, T. Lawford and E.J. Elliott

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:34

    Published on: 11 May 2017

  10. Research article

    Self-tests for influenza: an empirical ethics investigation

    In this article we aim to assess the ethical desirability of self-test diagnostic kits for influenza, focusing in particular on the potential benefits and challenges posed by a new, mobile phone-based tool cur...

    Benedict Rumbold, Clare Wenham and James Wilson

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:33

    Published on: 5 May 2017

  11. Research article

    Assessment of knowledge about biobanking among healthcare students and their willingness to donate biospecimens

    Biobanks and biospecimen collections are becoming a primary means of delivering personalized diagnostics and tailoring individualized therapeutics. This shift towards precision medicine (PM) requires interacti...

    Leena Merdad, Lama Aldakhil, Rawan Gadi, Mourad Assidi, Salina Y. Saddick, Adel Abuzenadah, Jim Vaught, Abdelbaset Buhmeida and Mohammed H. Al-Qahtani

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:32

    Published on: 2 May 2017

  12. Editorial

    On classifying the field of medical ethics

    In 2014, the editorial board of BMC Medical Ethics came together to devise sections for the journal that would (a) give structure to the journal (b) help ensure that authors’ research is matched to the most appro...

    Kristine Bærøe, Jonathan Ives, Martine de Vries and Jan Schildmann

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:30

    Published on: 27 April 2017

  13. Debate

    Ethics of health research with prisoners in Canada

    Despite the growing recognition for the need to improve the health of prisoners in Canada and the need for health research, there has been little discussion of the ethical issues with regards to health researc...

    Diego S. Silva, Flora I. Matheson and James V. Lavery

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:31

    Published on: 27 April 2017

  14. Debate

    Core information sets for informed consent to surgical interventions: baseline information of importance to patients and clinicians

    Consent remains a crucial, yet challenging, cornerstone of clinical practice. The ethical, legal and professional understandings of this construct have evolved away from a doctor-centred act to a patient-centr...

    Barry G. Main, Angus G. K. McNair, Richard Huxtable, Jenny L. Donovan, Steven J. Thomas, Paul Kinnersley and Jane M. Blazeby

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:29

    Published on: 26 April 2017

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