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  1. Authors: Abdallah Al-Ani, Abdallah Rayyan, Ahmad Maswadeh, Hala Sultan, Ahmad Alhammouri, Hadeel Asfour, Tariq Alrawajih, Sarah Al Sharie, Fahed Al Karmi, Ahmed Mahmoud Al-Azzam, Asem Mansour and Maysa Al-Hussaini
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:27

    The original article was published in BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:18

  2. Scientific and technological advancements in mapping and understanding the interrelated pathways through which biological and environmental exposures affect disease development create new possibilities for det...

    Authors: Sammie N. G. Jansen, Bart A. Kamphorst, Bob C. Mulder, Irene van Kamp, Sandra Boekhold, Peter van den Hazel and Marcel F. Verweij
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:25
  3. The expressions of a “wish to hasten death” or “wish to die” raise ethical concerns and challenges. These expressions are related to ethical principles intertwined within the field of medical ethics, particula...

    Authors: Paulo J. Borges, Pablo Hernández-Marrero and Sandra Martins Pereira
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:23
  4. Carefully planned research is critical to developing policies and interventions that counter physical, psychological and social challenges faced by young people living with HIV/AIDS, without increasing burdens...

    Authors: Mary Kimani, Sassy Molyneux, Anderson Charo, Scholastica M. Zakayo, Gladys Sanga, Rita Njeru, Alun Davies, Maureen Kelley, Amina Abubakar and Vicki Marsh
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:21
  5. There is considerable variation in the functionality of bioethical services in different institutions and countries for children in hospital, despite new challenges due to increasing technology supports for ch...

    Authors: Denise Alexander, Mary Quirke, Jo Greene, Lorna Cassidy, Carol Hilliard and Maria Brenner
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:20
  6. Xenotransplantation has great potential as an alternative to alleviate the shortage of organs for donation. However, given that the animal most suited for xenotransplantation is the pig, there are concerns tha...

    Authors: Gabriel Andrade, Eid AboHamza, Yasmeen Elsantil, AlaaEldin Ayoub and Dalia Bedewy
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:19
  7. To examine the understanding of the ethical dilemmas associated with Big Data and artificial intelligence (AI) among Jordanian medical students, physicians in training, and senior practitioners.

    Authors: Abdallah Al-Ani, Abdallah Rayyan, Ahmad Maswadeh, Hala Sultan, Ahmad Alhammouri, Hadeel Asfour, Tariq Alrawajih, Sarah Al Sharie, Fahed Al Karmi, Ahmed Mahmoud Al-Azzam, Asem Mansour and Maysa Al-Hussaini
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:18

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:27

  8. Symptom checker apps (SCAs) are mobile or online applications for lay people that usually have two main functions: symptom analysis and recommendations. SCAs ask users questions about their symptoms via a chat...

    Authors: Regina Müller, Malte Klemmt, Roland Koch, Hans-Jörg Ehni, Tanja Henking, Elisabeth Langmann, Urban Wiesing and Robert Ranisch
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:17
  9. The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the approach to the health-disease system, raising the question about the principles of bioethics present in physician–patient relations. The principles while widely accept...

    Authors: Guillermo Cantú Quintanilla, Irma Eloisa Gómez-Guerrero, Nuria Aguiñaga-Chiñas, Mariana López Cervantes, Ignacio David Jaramillo Flores, Pedro Alonso Slon Rodríguez, Carlos Francisco Bravo Vargas, America Arroyo-Valerio and María del Carmen García-Higuera
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:16
  10. Despite the great benefits of intelligent assistive technology (IAT) for dementia care – for example, the enhanced safety and increased independence of people with dementia and their caregivers – its practical...

    Authors: Hanan AboJabel, Johannes Welsch and Silke Schicktanz
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:15
  11. While most countries that allow abortion on women’s request also grant physicians a right to conscientious objection (CO), this has proven to constitute a potential barrier to abortion access. Conscientious ob...

    Authors: Robin Krawutschke, Tania Pastrana and Dagmar Schmitz
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:14
  12. The underrepresentation of scholarly works from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in academic literature is a documented concern, attributed partly to editorial biases. This trend, prevalent across vari...

    Authors: Zhiwei Jia, Donghua Liu, Xingxuan Li, Tianlin Wen, Xiyan Zhao and Wei Li
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:13
  13. Radiotherapy is an essential component of cancer treatment, yet many countries do not have adequate capacity to serve all patients who would benefit from it. Allocation systems are needed to guide patient prio...

    Authors: Rebecca J. DeBoer, Anita Ho, Espérance Mutoniwase, Cam Nguyen, Grace Umutesi, Jean Bosco Bigirimana, Nicaise Nsabimana, Katherine Van Loon, Lawrence N. Shulman, Scott A. Triedman, Vincent K. Cubaka and Cyprien Shyirambere
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:12
  14. Intellectual honesty and integrity are the cornerstones of conducting any form of research. Over the last few years, scholars have shown great concerns over questionable research practices (QRPs) in academia. ...

    Authors: Ayesha Fahim, Aysha Sadaf, Fahim Haider Jafari, Kashif Siddique and Ahsan Sethi
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:11
  15. While the theoretical benefits and harms of Artificial Intelligence (AI) have been widely discussed in academic literature, empirical evidence remains elusive regarding the practical ethical challenges of deve...

    Authors: Laura Arbelaez Ossa, Giorgia Lorenzini, Stephen R. Milford, David Shaw, Bernice S. Elger and Michael Rost
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:10
  16. The conduct of research is critical to advancing human health. However, there are issues of ethical concern specific to the design and conduct of research in conflict settings. Conflict-affected countries ofte...

    Authors: Gemechu Tiruneh, Mekdes Yilma, Bizuneh Wakuma, Eba Abdisa, Lami Bayisa, Michelle Nichols, Anja Bedeker and Nicki Tiffin
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:9
  17. It is a common ethical challenge for ambulance clinicians to care for patients with impaired decision-making capacities while assessing and determining the degree of decision-making ability and considering eth...

    Authors: Catharina Frank, Andreas Rantala, Anders Svensson, Anders Sterner, Jessica Green, Anders Bremer and Bodil Holmberg
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:8
  18. On December 2017 the Italian Parliament approved law n. 219/2017 “Provisions for informed consent and advance directives” regarding challenging legal and bioethical issues related to healthcare decisions and e...

    Authors: Corinna Porteri, Giulia Ienco, Mariassunta Piccinni and Patrizio Pasqualetti
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:7
  19. Given that AI-driven decision support systems (AI-DSS) are intended to assist in medical decision making, it is essential that clinicians are willing to incorporate AI-DSS into their practice. This study takes...

    Authors: Rachel Dlugatch, Antoniya Georgieva and Angeliki Kerasidou
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:6
  20. Increasing social pluralism adds to the already existing variety of heterogeneous moral perspectives on good care, health, and quality of life. Pluralism in social identities is also connected to health and ca...

    Authors: Charlotte Kröger, Bert Molewijk, Maaike Muntinga and Suzanne Metselaar
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:4
  21. Current requirements for ethical research in Canada, specifically the standard of active or signed parental consent, can leave Indigenous children and youth with inequitable access to research opportunities or...

    Authors: Cindy Peltier, Sarah Dickson, Viviane Grandpierre, Irina Oltean, Lorrilee McGregor, Emilie Hageltorn and Nancy L. Young
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:3
  22. Generally, there is unanimity about the value of community engagement in health-related research. There is also a growing tendency to view genetics and genomics research (GGR) as a special category of research...

    Authors: Harriet Nankya, Edward Wamala, Vincent Pius Alibu and John Barugahare
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:1
  23. Achieving meaningful consent can be challenging, particularly in contexts of diminished literacy, yet is a vital part of participant protection in global health research.

    Authors: Rachel C Greer, Nipaphan Kanthawang, Jennifer Roest, Carlo Perrone, Tri Wangrangsimakul, Michael Parker, Maureen Kelley and Phaik Yeong Cheah
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:111
  24. Health care workers (HCWs) are susceptible to moral stress and distress when they are faced with morally challenging situations where it is difficult to act in line with their moral standards. In times of cris...

    Authors: Martina E. Gustavsson, Johan von Schreeb, Filip K. Arnberg and Niklas Juth
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:110
  25. Doctors are increasingly faced with end-of-life decisions. Little is known about how medical students approach euthanasia. The objective of this study was to evaluate, among medical students and residents, the...

    Authors: Rogério Aparecido Dedivitis, Leandro Luongo de Matos, Mario Augusto Ferrari de Castro, Andrea Anacleto Ferrari de Castro, Renata Rocha Giaxa and Patrícia Zen Tempski
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:109
  26. Conventional consent practices face ethical challenges in continuously evolving digital health environments due to their static, one-time nature. Dynamic consent offers a promising solution, providing adaptabi...

    Authors: Ah Ra Lee, Dongjun Koo, Il Kon Kim, Eunjoo Lee, Hyun Ho Kim, Sooyoung Yoo, Jeong-Hyun Kim, Eun Kyung Choi and Ho-Young Lee
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:107
  27. Socially assistive devices (care robots, companions, smart screen assistants) have been advocated as a promising tool in elderly care in Western healthcare systems. Ethical debates indicate various challenges....

    Authors: Joschka Haltaufderheide, Annika Lucht, Christoph Strünck and Jochen Vollmann
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:106
  28. Clinical trials should be as inclusive as possible to facilitate equitable access to research and better reflect the population towards which any intervention is aimed. Informed by the UK’s National Institute ...

    Authors: Dhrusti Patel, Lucy Kilburn, Lisa Fox, Emma Hall, Judith Bliss and Rebecca Lewis
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:105
  29. Collecting post-mortem brain tissue is essential, especially from healthy “control” individuals, to advance knowledge on increasingly common neurological and mental disorders. Yet, healthy individuals, on whic...

    Authors: Chiara Cattaneo, Iuliia Urakcheeva, Gianmarco Giacomini, Maria Antonietta Stazi, Susanna Lana, Antonio Arnofi, Miriam Salemi and Virgilia Toccaceli
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:104
  30. Allocation of scarce organs for transplantation is ethically challenging. Artificial intelligence (AI) has been proposed to assist in liver allocation, however the ethics of this remains unexplored and the vie...

    Authors: Max Drezga-Kleiminger, Joanna Demaree-Cotton, Julian Koplin, Julian Savulescu and Dominic Wilkinson
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:102
  31. Voluntary post-mortem donation to science (PDS) is the most appropriate source for body dissection in medical education and training, and highly useful for biomedical research. In Mexico, unclaimed bodies are ...

    Authors: I. Meester, M. Polino Guajardo, A. C. Treviño Ramos, J. M. Solís-Soto and A. Rojas-Martinez
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:101
  32. Improving the ways in which routinely-collected mental health data are shared could facilitate substantial advances in research and treatment. However, this process should only be undertaken in partnership wit...

    Authors: Emily Watson, Sue Fletcher-Watson and Elizabeth Joy Kirkham
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:99
  33. Massively parallel sequencing techniques, such as whole exome sequencing (WES) and whole genome sequencing (WGS), may reveal unsolicited findings (UFs) unrelated to the diagnostic aim. Such techniques are freq...

    Authors: Candice Cornelis, Wybo Dondorp, Ineke Bolt, Guido de Wert, Marieke van Summeren, Eva Brilstra, Nine Knoers and Annelien L. Bredenoord
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:98
  34. Informed consent procedures for large population-based cohort studies should be comprehensive and easy-to-use. This is particularly challenging when participants from different socio-economic groups and multic...

    Authors: Luuk V. Haring, Joy T. Hall, Anton Janssen, J. Marleen Johannes, Arnoud P. Verhoeff and Joanne K. Ujcic-Voortman
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:97
  35. Parental refusal of routine childhood vaccination remains an ethically contested area. This systematic review sought to explore and characterise the normative arguments made about parental refusal of routine v...

    Authors: Kerrie Wiley, Maria Christou-Ergos, Chris Degeling, Rosalind McDougall, Penelope Robinson, Katie Attwell, Catherine Helps, Shevaun Drislane and Stacy M Carter
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:96
  36. Defensive medicine is physicians’ deviation from standard medical care which is primarily intended either to reduce or avoid medico legal litigation. Although the Federal Ethics Committee review in Ethiopia ha...

    Authors: Eskinder Amare Assefa, Yonas Ademe Teferi, Birhanu Nega Alemu and Abraham Genetu
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:95
  37. Researchers must adhere to ethical and scientific standards in their research involving human subjects; therefore, their knowledge of human subjects’ rights is essential. A tool to measure the extent of this k...

    Authors: May M. Al-Madaney and Margrit Fässler
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:94
  38. The organ donation and transplantation (ODT) system heavily relies on the willingness of individuals to donate their organs. While it is widely believed that public trust plays a crucial role in shaping donati...

    Authors: María Victoria Martínez-López, Leah McLaughlin, Alberto Molina-Pérez, Krzysztof Pabisiak, Nadia Primc, Gurch Randhawa, David Rodríguez-Arias, Jorge Suárez, Sabine Wöhlke and Janet Delgado
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:93

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Ethics 2024 25:26

  39. Ethical review systems need to build on their experiences of COVID-19 research to enhance their preparedness for future pandemics. Recommendations from representatives from over twenty countries include: impro...

    Authors: Katharine Wright, Nic Aagaard, Amr Yusuf Ali, Caesar Atuire, Michael Campbell, Katherine Littler, Ahmed Mandil, Roli Mathur, Joseph Okeibunor, Andreas Reis, Maria Alexandra Ribeiro, Carla Saenz, Mamello Sekhoacha, Ehsan Shamsi Gooshki, Jerome Amir Singh and Ross Upshur
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:92
  40. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, different countries sought to manufacture and supply effective vaccines to control the disease and prevent and protect public health in society. The implementation...

    Authors: Roya Malekzadeh, Ghasem Abedi, Arash Ziapour, Murat Yıldırım and Afshin Amirkhanlou
    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2023 24:91

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