Tag: Ethics committees

Blog Posts (7)

June 25, 2014

Challenge Business of Ethics

<p>Ethics here, ethics there, ethics nearly everywhere. Welcome to the world of hyphenated ethics: business-ethics, medical, environmental, media, sports, advertising, legal, even military-ethics. With ethics commissions, committees, councils, consultants, certificates, etc., ethics is big business. Just about anyone can claim to be an "<a href="http://tinyurl.com/ncekfl9">ethicist</a>," a term I decried years ago.</p> <p>Who are these "ethicists"? What qualifies to be one? In my field, health care ethics, the stakes are high. Recommendations regarding right, wrong, and in-between can be matters of life and death. While ethicists disclaim moral expertise, their views carry weight in bureaucratic institutions. We expect them to be competent in the demanding task of moral analysis, with in-depth experience and interpersonal skills.</p> <p>But are they?</p> <p><strong style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;">The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation. For more information on AMBI's online graduate programs, please visit our <a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #000099;" href="/Academic/bioethics/index.cfm">website</a>.</strong></p>
July 23, 2013

Research ethics scandals in Canada, you ask? Sadly, yes.

There are certainly plenty of people who think that research ethics scandals happen everywhere else, but not in Canada. Well, it seems that a recent report by food historian Ian Mosby at the University of Guelph has uncovered that, yes, in fact research ethics scandals can, do and have happened in Canada. Mosby’s report, published […]
November 16, 2012

AJOB's November Issue is Here!

November's issue of the American Journal of Bioethics addresses an unexamined aspect of hospital ethics committees: their role in contributing to and writing policies. The authors call for ethicists to develop clearer roles, responsibilities, and procedural standards is made in light of limited publication about policy work.
November 15, 2011

Research Fraud Case Raises Concerns Over Ethics of Psychology Research

It’s a big story in research ethics and it has been reported in major newspapers all over the world. There’s even a Wikipedia page already about this case. The story centres on a fraud case against Diederik Stapel, a well-known psychologist and widely-published researcher at Tilburg University. It is claimed that Dr. Stapel drew inaccurate […]
June 3, 2011

Disclosing Conflicts of Interest: The Case of Tamiflu

An interesting story recently from CBC highlights some of the difficulties with the topic of conflict of interest in medicine and biomedical research. Here’s a link to the story: CBC Tamiflu Probe Sparks Drug Policy Review “In the course of the CBC investigation, Zalac also reported that three of Canada’s most prominent flu experts — […]
February 15, 2011

Prenatal Surgery, Hope for Spina Bifida and Ethical Reflection

Spina bifida is a serious developmental birth defect in which the spinal cord and backbone fail to develop completely and infants may be born with some of the spinal cord protruding out of their middle or lower back. Treatment typically involves surgery as soon as possible to repair the birth defect. There are different forms […]
February 14, 2011

German Anesthetist Faces Massive Retraction of Published Research Articles

A German anesthetist, Joachim Boldt, has published over 350 peer-reviewed papers and is currently the target of a German medical board investigation for data manipulation, fabrication of data and failure to have human studies reviewed and approved by an ethics review board. This story began when the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia retracted a 2009 article […]

Published Articles (8)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 11 - Nov 2012

The Instrumental Role of Hospital Ethics Committees in Policy Work Nanibaa’ A. Garrison & David Magnus

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 11 - Nov 2012

Opening the Black Box of Ethics Policy Work: Evaluating a Covert Practice Andrea Frolic, Katherine Drolet, Kim Bryanton, Carole Caron, Cynthia Cupido, Barb Flaherty, Sylvia Fung & Lori McCall

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 6 - Jun 2011

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on ?Relative Versus Absolute Standards for Everyday Risk in Adolescent HIV Prevention Trials: Expanding the Debate"

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 6 - Jun 2011

Relative Versus Absolute Standards for Everyday Risk in Adolescent HIV Prevention Trials: Expanding the Debate

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 10 Issue 8 - Aug 2010

Responses to Open Peer Commentaries on ?Research Exceptionalism?

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 10 Issue 8 - Aug 2010

Research Exceptionalism

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 7 Issue 2 - Feb 2007

Ethics Consultation in United States Hospitals: A National Survey

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 1 Issue 4 - Dec 2001

A National Study of Ethics Committees