RESCHEDULED - Montreal Health Ethics Conference Series

To continue taking care of ourselves, our loved ones, and the public health we have decided to continue our Montreal Health Ethics Conference Series virtually. Stay tuned for all the details of the conferences we had to postpone!

Ethical Challenges Arising in the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Overview from the ABPD Task Force

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised a host of ethical challenges, such as the possibility that health care systems might need to ration scarce critical care resources. In this paper, the authors discuss resource allocation and several related ethical challenges to the healthcare system and society.

* NEW PUBLICATION!

PERSON-ORIENTED RESEARCH ETHICS TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF PARTICIPANTS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

People with autism may be vulnerable in research, but are also vulnerable to unjust exclusion from participation. Addressing their needs can facilitate inclusion and honor the bioethics principle of respect for persons while accounting for risk and vulnerability.

* NEW PUBLICATION!

Death after birth asphyxia in the cooling era

In asphyxiated newborn infants treated with hypothermia, 62% deaths occurred in unstable infants electively extubated before completing hypothermia treatment. Later deaths occurred after consultation with palliative care or clinical ethics services, suggesting these decisions were challenging and required support, particularly if nutrition and hydration were withdrawn.

* NEW PUBLICATION!

Authentic Self and Last Resort: International Perceptions of Psychiatric Neurosurgery

Findings of a study concerning eight focus groups in Canada, Germany, and Spain indicate that participants across all countries hold concerns about the last resort nature of psychiatric neurosurgery and the potential impact on the authentic self of patients who undergo these procedures.

* NEW PUBLICATION!

LIVED EXPERIENCES OF PARTICIPATION IN MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH IN CANADA: BREAKING THE GLASS WALL

Research participants are crucial to the entire research enterprise, but they generally have very limited opportunities to share their lived experiences of participation in research and their views about the ethics of research.

*NEW PUBLICATION!

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