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.


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.


Person-oriented ethics for autism research: Creating best practices through engagement with autism and autistic communities

Research ethics is an important part of any study; it goes beyond ethics committee approval and consent documents. This article focuses on everyday aspects of research ethics for studies involving autistic participants.


A qualitative study exploring the expectations of people living with type 1 diabetes regarding prospective use of a hybrid closed-loop system

Prospective users’ general enthusiasm and trust foster the clinical and commercial success of hybrid closed‐loop systems. However, poor user satisfaction caused by unrealistic expectations and plausible inconveniences and concerns may limit this success.


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