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Incorporating Ethically Relevant Empirical Data From Systematic Review of Reasons: A Case Study of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy

In this report we use a case study of risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) to illustrate the contribution of systematic literature reviews of disease-specific ethical issues (DSEI). In particular, we show how ethically-relevant empirical data from such reviews can be used in the examination of the reasons for and against a particular normative approach to our DSEI. That is, we have attempted to offer a normative recommendation in response to the question of whether or not the risk of SUDEP should be disclosed to all patients. This case study functions as a form of empirical bioethics by providing a means of assessing empirical claims underlying reasons. As a result of this process, we are then able to provide clear and transparent, if not definitive, justification for a normative recommendation in response to a question of interest.

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Volume 11, Issue 2
May 2020