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Viroj Tangcharoensathien, Phyllida Travis, Achmad Soebagjo Tancarino, Krisada Sawaengdee, Yanchen Chhoedon, Safeenaz Hassan, Nareerut Pudpong
BACKGROUND: There is an increasing trend of international migration of health professionals from low- and middle- income countries to high-income countries as well as across middle-income countries. The WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel was created to better address health workforce development and the ethical conduct of international recruitment. This study assessed policies and practices in 4 countries in South East Asia on managing the in- and out-migration of doctors and nurses to see whether the management has been in line with the WHO Global Code and has fostered health workforce development in the region; and draws lessons from these countries...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
Peter D Young, Dawei Xie, Harald Schmidt
Financial conflicts of interest exist between industry and physicians, and these relationships have the power to influence physicians' medical practice. Transparency about conflicts matters for ensuring adequate informed consent, controlling healthcare expenditure, and encouraging physicians' reflection on professionalism. The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Open Payments Program (OPP) to publicly disclose and bring transparency to the relationships between industry and physicians in the United States...
October 29, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
Corine Mouton Dorey, Holger Baumann, Nikola Biller-Andorno
BACKGROUND: There is a growing interest in aggregating more biomedical and patient data into large health data sets for research and public benefits. However, collecting and processing patient data raises new ethical issues regarding patient's rights, social justice and trust in public institutions. The aim of this empirical study is to gain an in-depth understanding of the awareness of possible ethical risks and corresponding obligations among those who are involved in projects using patient data, i...
March 7, 2018: BMC Medical Ethics
Alain Calender, Pierre Antoine Rollat Farnier, Adrien Buisson, Stéphane Pinson, Abderrazzaq Bentaher, Serge Lebecque, Harriet Corvol, Rola Abou Taam, Véronique Houdouin, Claire Bardel, Pascal Roy, Gilles Devouassoux, Vincent Cottin, Pascal Seve, Jean-François Bernaudin, Clarice X Lim, Thomas Weichhart, Dominique Valeyre, Yves Pacheco, Annick Clement, Nadia Nathan
BACKGROUND: Sarcoidosis (OMIM 181000) is a multi-systemic granulomatous disorder of unknown origin. Despite multiple genome-wide association (GWAS) studies, no major pathogenic pathways have been identified to date. To find out relevant sarcoidosis predisposing genes, we searched for de novo and recessive mutations in 3 young probands with sarcoidosis and their healthy parents using a whole-exome sequencing (WES) methodology. METHODS: From the SARCFAM project based on a national network collecting familial cases of sarcoidosis, we selected three families (trios) in which a child, despite healthy parents, develop the disease before age 15 yr...
March 6, 2018: BMC Medical Genomics
Mohamed Amine Mesrati, Nidhal Haj Salem, Marwa Boussaid, Yosra Mahjoub, Ali Chadly, Abir Aissaoui
The spread of the disease of HIV has been decreased since the promotion and protection of human rights. In Tunisian law, patient infected by HIV, as every citizen, enjoys of all his rights without any discrimination, including the right to life and dignity, the right to care access, the free choice of doctor, the right to be informed and consent before any health care and specially the right to medical confidentiality. The Code of patients rights and the law no° 2007-12 of 12 February 2007 supplementing the law no° 92-71 of 27 July 1992 related to transmitted diseases ensure the protection and the respect of these rights...
May 2017: La Tunisie Médicale
Maria Rosa Dalmau Llorca, Alessandra Queiroga Gonçalves, Emma Forcadell Drago, José Fernández-Sáez, Zojaina Hernández Rojas, Josep Maria Pepió Vilaubí, Dolores Rodríguez Cumplido, Rosa Maria Morral Parente, Carina Aguilar Martín
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and increases the risk of ischemic stroke 4 to 5-fold. The first choice of anticoagulant therapy (AT) is the vitamin K antagonist (VKA). Contraindication to VKA or poor control of the International Normalized Ratio leads to the administration of direct-acting oral anticoagulants. There is a trend toward inadequate AT in nonvalvular AF (NVAF) patients. AIM: To evaluate the impact of the implementation of a decision support tool linked to the digital clinical history on the adequacy of AT, the incidence of complications, and the mortality in patients with NVAF in primary care centers (PCCs) of the Catalan Institute of Health (ICS)...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
R Xia, D H Wang
With the improvement of diagnosis and treatment, tumor has become a chronic disease, and an increasing number of older patients will live with tumors. This change has led to an increase in demand for intensive care unit (ICU) and a challenge to the traditional ICU treatment concept. The option of ICU consists of two parts. The first is the option for admission. Since classic predictors of mortality are no longer relevant, we suggest broadening the criteria for ICU admission. Patients during the first course of cancer therapies should be treated with a full-code status similar to that of other patients without malignancy...
February 23, 2018: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
Natasja M Klioueva, Marleen C Rademaker, Inge Huitinga
The BrainNet Europe consortium, which is a consortium of 19 European brain banks, took the initiative to draft a series of documents to provide an ethical framework for brain banks to follow. The framework includes an ethical code of conduct, a model for brain bank regulations, and a toolkit containing several documents. The sources for the information included came from the laws, regulations, and guidelines (declarations, conventions, recommendations, guidelines, and directives) that had been issued by international key organizations, such as the Council of Europe, European Commission, World Medical Association, and World Health Organization...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
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March 1, 2018: Nature
D Schopohl, C Bidlingmaier, D Herzig, R Klamroth, K Kurnik, D Rublee, W Schramm, L Schwarzkopf, K Berger
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: Open questions in haemophilia, such as effectiveness of innovative therapies, clinical and patient-reported outcomes (PROs), epidemiology and cost, await answers. The aim was to identify data attributes required and investigate the availability, appropriateness and accessibility of real-world data (RWD) from German registries and secondary databases to answer the aforementioned questions. METHODS: Systematic searches were conducted in BIOSIS, EMBASE and MEDLINE to identify non-commercial secondary healthcare databases and registries of patients with haemophilia (PWH)...
February 28, 2018: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
Gerard Saucier
Major routes to identifying individual differences (in diverse species) include studies of behaviour patterns as represented in language and neurophysiology. But results from these approaches appear not to converge on some major dimensions. Identifying dimensions of human variation least applicable to non-human species may help to partition human-specific individual differences of recent evolutionary origin from those shared across species. Human culture includes learned, enforced social-norm systems that are symbolically reinforced and referenced in displays signalling adherence...
April 19, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
Agnieszka Ignatowicz, Anne-Marie Slowther, Patrick Elder, Carol Bryce, Kathryn Hamilton, Caroline Huxley, Vera Forjaz, Jackie Sturt, Frances Griffiths
BACKGROUND: Digital communication between a patient and their clinician offers the potential for improved patient care, particularly for young people with long term conditions who are at risk of service disengagement. However, its use raises a number of ethical questions which have not been explored in empirical studies. The objective of this study was to examine, from the patient and clinician perspective, the ethical implications of the use of digital clinical communication in the context of young people living with long-term conditions...
February 23, 2018: BMC Medical Ethics
A Holden
Background The ability of the dental profession to self-regulate and address poor performance or impairment is crucial if practitioners are to demonstrate a public commitment to patient safety. Failure of the profession to actively engage in this activity is likely to call into question trustworthiness and ability to place the interests of patients and the public first.Aim To investigate attitudes towards self-regulation and the raising of concerns as expressed through the ethical codes of different dental professional and regulatory organisations...
February 23, 2018: British Dental Journal
Thalia Arawi, Lama Charafeddine
Bioethics is a relatively new addition to bedside medical care in Arab world which is characterized by a special culture that often makes blind adaptation of western ethics codes and principles; a challenge that has to be faced. To date, the American University of Beirut Medical Center is the only hospital that offers bedside ethics consultations in the Arab Region aiming towards better patient-centered care. This article tackles the role of the bedside clinical ethics consultant as an active member of the medical team and the impact of such consultations on decision-making and patient-centered care...
February 20, 2018: Developing World Bioethics
Hussein Algahtani, Mohammed Bajunaid, Bader Shirah
Understanding the historical foundations of ethics in human research are key to illuminating future human research and clinical trials. This paper gives an overview of the most remarkable unethical human research and how past misconducts helped develop ethical guidelines on human experimentation such as The Nuremberg Code 1947 following WWII. Unethical research in the field of neuroscience also proved to be incredibly distressing. Participants were often left with life-long cognitive disabilities. This emphasizes the importance of implicating strict rules and ethical guidelines in neuroscience research that protect participants and respects their dignity...
February 19, 2018: Neurological Sciences
Adrian C Traeger, Benjamin J Reed, Denise A O'Connor, Tammy C Hoffmann, Gustavo C Machado, Carissa Bonner, Chris G Maher, Rachelle Buchbinder
INTRODUCTION: Little is known about how to reduce unnecessary imaging for low back pain. Understanding clinician, patient and general public beliefs about imaging is critical to developing strategies to reduce overuse. OBJECTIVE: To synthesise qualitative research that has explored clinician, patient or general public beliefs about diagnostic imaging for low back pain. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We will perform a qualitative evidence synthesis of relevant qualitative research exploring clinician, patient and general public beliefs about diagnostic imaging for low back pain...
February 10, 2018: BMJ Open
Jeanette Varpen Unhjem, Marit Helene Hem, Solfrid Vatne
Nurses are obliged to set professional boundaries in nurse-patient relationships. Relationships with patients that are pursued outside of working hours (dual relationships) are commonly prohibited by legislation and professional codes of ethics, but some nurses still engage in them. A thematic analysis of qualitative interviews revealed that the nurses experienced ambivalence regarding how they see the patients, their assessment of the dual relationships and how people around the nurses react to the relationships...
February 13, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Ameeta Retzer, Thomas Keeley, Khaled Ahmed, Jo Armes, Julia M Brown, Lynn Calman, Chris Copland, Fabio Efficace, Anna Gavin, Adam Glaser, Diana M Greenfield, Anne Lanceley, Rachel M Taylor, Galina Velikova, Michael Brundage, Rebecca Mercieca-Bebber, Madeleine T King, Melanie Calvert, Derek Kyte
INTRODUCTION: Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are increasingly included within cancer clinical trials. If appropriately collected, analysed and transparently reported, these data might provide invaluable evidence to inform patient care. However, there is mounting indication that the design and reporting of PRO data in cancer trials may be suboptimal. This programme of research will establish via three interlinked studies whether these findings are applicable to UK cancer trials, and if so, how to best enhance the way PROs are assessed, managed and reported in clinical trials...
February 3, 2018: BMJ Open
Amala James Alenchery, Joanne Thoppil, Carl Denis Britto, Jimena Villar de Onis, Lavina Fernandez, P N Suman Rao
BACKGROUND: Skin to skin contact (SSC) at birth is the standard of care for newborns without risk factors. However, implementation of SSC at birth has been far from optimal. A qualitative study was undertaken to determine the barriers, enablers and potential solutions to implementation of SSC at birth in healthy newborn infants in a level III neonatal-care facility in Bangalore, India. METHODS: Consultants and residents/postgraduates (PG) from the departments of Obstetrics (n = 19) and Pediatrics (n = 14) and nurses (n = 8) in the labor room (LR) participated in the study...
February 9, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Rodrigo R Salinas, Carlos Echeverría B, Anamaría Arriagada U, Alejandro Goic G, Carlos Quintana V, Alberto Rojas O, Alejandro Serani M, Paulina Taboada R, Ricardo Vacarezza Y
During the last years, bioethical discussion has highlighted the role of the patients' autonomy, being informed consent its particular expression, about decisions that they should make about their own health. The Hippocratic tradition, the deontological positions of the Geneva Declaration of the World Medical Association and numerous codes of ethics in various countries, require that the physician, above all, should ensure patients' health. In this context the discussion on pros and cons for the so-called "therapeutic privilege" are discussed...
September 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
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