The Ethics Blog

A blog from the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB)

Month: October 2016

How to listen to (the right) patient voices? (By Ulrik Kihlbom)

We all think patients’ voices are important. But how do we make sure we listen to the right ones? Patient engagement and patient perspectives have come into focus in health care in recent years. Though this is especially true for the clinical setting, this development can be expected to continue for decision-makers at other levels. […]

Did medicine save the life of ethics?

About thirty-five years ago, Stephen Toulmin wrote an article on the topic: How medicine saved the life of ethics. I think it is still worth reading. Toulmin argued roughly as follows: During the first six decades of the 1900s, ethics wasn’t feeling well at all. One might say that it suffered from moral aphasia: it […]

Public health campaigns in healthcare: mothers should breastfeed!

Public health campaigns do to some extent infringe upon our lives. Maybe we are prepared to allow some of these intrusions. We protest a little, just for show, but still adopt the message and begin to think that we probably ought to eat a little more X and a little less Y. Some campaigns, however, […]

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