Montreal Health Ethics Conference Series

We have concluded the 2019-2020 Montreal Health Ethics Conference Series. We invite you to watch past the conferences (held since 2018) by clicking here.

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.

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‘He’s back so I’m not alone’: The impact of deep brain stimulation on personality, identity and relationships in Parkinson’s disease

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease successfully alleviates motor symptoms, but unanticipated changes in personality, self, and relationships can occur.

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Brainstorm Newsletter

An interdisciplinary and bilingual newsletter about advances in health ethics theory and practice.

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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suggesting these decisions were challenging and required support, particularly if nutrition and hydration were withdrawn.

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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.

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