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  1. There have been notable investments in large multi-partner research programmes across the agriculture-nutrition-health (ANH) nexus. These studies often involve human participants and commonly require research ...

    Authors: Limbanazo Matandika, Kate Millar, Eric Umar, Edward Joy and Joseph Mfutso-Bengo

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2022 23:3

    Content type: Research

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  2. One of the next frontiers in HIV research is focused on finding a cure. A new priority includes people with HIV (PWH) with non-AIDS terminal illnesses who are willing to donate their bodies at the end-of-life ...

    Authors: John Kanazawa, Sara Gianella, Susanna Concha-Garcia, Jeff Taylor, Andy Kaytes, Christopher Christensen, Hursch Patel, Samuel Ndukwe, Stephen A. Rawlings, Steven Hendrickx, Susan Little, Brandon Brown, Davey Smith and Karine Dubé

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2022 23:2

    Content type: Research

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  3. Community Advisory Boards (CAB) have become essential organs of involving communities in HIV clinical trials especially in developing countries. However, limited empirical evidence exists on the role of CABs i...

    Authors: Godwin Pancras, Bruno F. Sunguya, Nathanael Sirili, Emmanuel Balandya, Eligius Lyamuya and Blandina T. Mmbaga

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2022 23:1

    Content type: Research

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  4. We aim to further develop an index for detecting disguised paternalism, which might influence physicians’ evaluations of whether or not a patient is decision-competent at the end of life. Disguised paternalism...

    Authors: Niels Lynøe, Ingemar Engström and Niklas Juth

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:170

    Content type: Research

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  5. HIV remission clinical researchers are increasingly seeking study participants who are diagnosed and treated during acute HIV infection—the brief period between infection and the point when the body creates de...

    Authors: Adam Gilbertson, Joseph D. Tucker, Karine Dubé, Maartje Dijkstra and Stuart Rennie

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:169

    Content type: Debate

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  6. Whether and how to disclose genomic findings obtained in the course of genomic clinical practice and medical research has been a controversial global bioethical issue over the past two decades. Although severa...

    Authors: Kenji Matsui, Keiichiro Yamamoto, Shimon Tashiro and Tomohide Ibuki

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:168

    Content type: Research

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  7. Socio-cultural perceptions surrounding death have profoundly changed since the 1950s with development of modern intensive care and progress in solid organ transplantation. Despite broad support for organ trans...

    Authors: George Skowronski, Anil Ramnani, Dianne Walton-Sonda, Cynthia Forlini, Michael J. O’Leary, Lisa O’Reilly, Linda Sheahan, Cameron Stewart and Ian Kerridge

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:167

    Content type: Research

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  8. Ethiopia’s 2005 abortion law improved access to legal abortion. In this study we examine the experiences of abortion providers with the revised abortion law, including how they view and resolve perceived moral...

    Authors: Demelash Bezabih Ewnetu, Viva Combs Thorsen, Jan Helge Solbakk and Morten Magelssen

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:166

    Content type: Research

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  9. Community engagement is a key component in health research. One of the ways health researchers ensure community engagement is through Community Advisory Boards (CABs). The capacity of CABs to properly perform ...

    Authors: Levicatus Mugenyi, Andrew Mijumbi, Mastula Nanfuka, Collins Agaba, Fedress Kaliba, Irene Seryazi Semakula, Winfred Badanga Nazziwa and Joseph Ochieng

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:165

    Content type: Research

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  10. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has highlighted once more the great need for comprehensive access to, and uncomplicated use of, pre-existing patient data for medical research. Enabling secondary research-use of patien...

    Authors: Gesine Richter, Christoph Borzikowsky, Bimba Franziska Hoyer, Matthias Laudes and Michael Krawczak

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:164

    Content type: Research

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  11. Euthanasia is a topic of intense ethical debate and it is illegal in most countries at present, including Sri Lanka. The aim of this descriptive cross-sectional study of medical students and practicing doctors...

    Authors: H. M. M. T. B. Herath, K. W. S. M. Wijayawardhana, U. I. Wickramarachchi and Chaturaka Rodrigo

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:162

    Content type: Research

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  12. Ethics consultation is recognized as an opportunity to share responsibility for difficult decisions in prenatal medicine, where moral intuitions are often unable to lead to a settled decision. It remains uncle...

    Authors: Dagmar Schmitz and Angus Clarke

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:161

    Content type: Research

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  13. The participant recruitment process is a key ethical pivot point when conducting robust research. There is a need to continuously review and improve recruitment processes in research trials and to build fair a...

    Authors: Limbanazo Matandika, Kate Millar, Eric Umar, Edward Joy, Gabriella Chiutsi-Phiri and Joseph Mfutso-Bengo

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:160

    Content type: Research

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  14. Ethical decision-making of nurses could affect patients’ recovery and also decrease medical costs. To make ethical decisions, ICU nurses experience complicated ethical conflicts. Considering the multi-dimensio...

    Authors: Neda Asadi, Zahra Royani, Mahbubeh Maazallahi and Fatemeh Salmani

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:159

    Content type: Research

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  15. General practitioners often act as gatekeeper, authorizing patients’ access to hospital care. This gatekeeping role became even more important during the current COVID-19 crisis as uncertainties regarding COVI...

    Authors: Dieke Westerduin, Janneke Dujardin, Jaap Schuurmans, Yvonne Engels and Anne B. Wichmann

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:158

    Content type: Research

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  16. Undocumented migrants experience multiple institutional and legal barriers when trying to access healthcare services. Due to such limitations, healthcare workers often experience ethical dilemmas when caring f...

    Authors: Dirk Lafaut

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:157

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Genetic/genomic testing (GGT) are useful tools for improving health and preventing diseases. Still, since GGT deals with sensitive personal information that could significantly impact a patient’s life or that ...

    Authors: Tania Ascencio-Carbajal, Garbiñe Saruwatari-Zavala, Fernando Navarro-Garcia and Eugenio Frixione

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:156

    Content type: Research

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  18. With advances in sequencing technologies, increasing numbers of people are being informed about a genetic disease identified in their family. In current practice, probands (the first person in a family in whom...

    Authors: Lieke M. van den Heuvel, Els L. M. Maeckelberghe, M. Corrette Ploem and Imke Christiaans

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:155

    Content type: Debate

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  19. The return of genetics and genomics research results has been a subject of ongoing global debate. Such feedback is ethically desirable to update participants on research findings particularly those deemed clin...

    Authors: Joseph Ochieng, Betty Kwagala, John Barugahare, Erisa Mwaka, Deborah Ekusai-Sebatta, Joseph Ali and Nelson K. Sewankambo

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:154

    Content type: Research

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  20. French military doctors are currently deployed in the Sahel to support the armed forces of Operation Barkhane, in medical or surgical units. As well as supporting French soldiers, their other missions are dive...

    Authors: Antoine Lamblin, Clément Derkenne, Marion Trousselard and Marie-Ange Einaudi

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:153

    Content type: Research

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  21. Biobanks are considered primary means+ of supporting contemporary research, in order to deliver personalized and precise diagnostics with public acceptance and participation as a cornerstone for their success.

    Authors: Faisal Khatib, Dayana Jibrin, Joud Al-Majali, Mira Elhussieni, Sharifeh Almasaid and Mamoun Ahram

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:152

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Moral distress has been described as an emotionally draining condition caused by being prevented from providing care according to one’s convictions. Studies have described the impact of moral distress on healt...

    Authors: Catarina Fischer-Grönlund and Margareta Brännström

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:151

    Content type: Research

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  23. The legal and ethical guidelines of psychological professional associations stipulate that informed consent by patients is an essential prerequisite for psychotherapy. Despite this awareness of the importance ...

    Authors: Klara Eberle, Martin grosse Holtforth, Marc Inderbinen, Jens Gaab, Yvonne Nestoriuc and Manuel Trachsel

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:150

    Content type: Research

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  24. Dealing with end of life is challenging for patients and health professionals alike. The situation becomes even more challenging when a patient requests a legally permitted medical service that a health profes...

    Authors: Casey Michelle Haining and Louise Anne Keogh

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:149

    Content type: Research

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  25. Research has been an essential part of the COVID-19 pandemic response, including in Latin American (LA) countries. However, implementing research in emergency settings poses the challenge of producing valuable...

    Authors: Ana Palmero, Sarah Carracedo, Noelia Cabrera and Alahí Bianchini

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:147

    Content type: Research

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  26. Health care professionals have to judge the appropriateness of treatment in critical care on a daily basis. There is general consensus that critical care interventions should not be performed when they are ina...

    Authors: M. Zink, A. Horvath and V. Stadlbauer

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:146

    Content type: Research article

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  27. In the Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds (CAHHM) cohort, participants underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, heart, and abdomen, that generated incidental findings (IFs). The app...

    Authors: Judy M. Luu, Anand K. Sergeant, Sonia S. Anand, Dipika Desai, Karleen Schulze, Bartha M. Knoppers, Ma’n H. Zawati, Eric E. Smith, Alan R. Moody, Sandra E. Black, Eric Larose, Francois Marcotte, Erika Kleiderman, Jean-Claude Tardif, Douglas S. Lee and Matthias G. Friedrich

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:145

    Content type: Research article

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  28. The COVID-19 pandemic called for a new ethical climate in the designated hospitals and imposed challenges on care quality for anti-pandemic nurses. Less was known about whether hospital ethical climate and nur...

    Authors: Wenjing Jiang, Xing’e Zhao, Jia Jiang, Huilin Zhang, Shujuan Sun and Xianhong Li

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:144

    Content type: Research

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  29. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the health system worldwide. The organ and tissue donation and transplantation (OTDT) system is no exception and has had to face ethical challenges related...

    Authors: Ban Ibrahim, Rosanne Dawson, Jennifer A. Chandler, Aviva Goldberg, David Hartell, Laura Hornby, Christy Simpson, Matthew-John Weiss, Lindsay C. Wilson, T. Murray Wilson and Marie-Chantal Fortin

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:142

    Content type: Research

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  30. Palliative sedation and analgesia are employed in patients with refractory and intractable symptoms at the end of life to reduce their suffering by lowering their level of consciousness. The doctrine of double...

    Authors: Hannah Faris, Brian Dewar, Claire Dyason, David G. Dick, Ainsley Matthewson, Susan Lamb and Michel C. F. Shamy

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:141

    Content type: Debate

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  31. As Canadian global health researchers who conducted a qualitative study with adults with and without disabilities in Uganda, we obtained ethics approval from four institutional research ethics boards (two in C...

    Authors: Muriel Mac-Seing, Louise Ringuette, Kate Zinszer, Béatrice Godard and Christina Zarowsky

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:140

    Content type: Debate

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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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