During the spring, several doctoral students at CRB successfully defended their dissertations. Karin Schölin Bywall defended her dissertation on May 12, 2021. The dissertation, like the two previous ones, reflects a trend in bioethics from theoretical investigations to empirical studies of people’s perceptions of bioethical issues.
An innovative approach in Karin Schölin Bywall’s dissertation is that she identifies a specific area of application where the preference studies that are increasingly used in bioethics can be particularly beneficial. It is about patients’ influence on the process of medical approval. Patients already have such an influence, but their views are obtained somewhat informally, from a small number of invited patients. Karin Schölin Bywall explores the possibility of strengthening patients’ influence scientifically. Preference studies can give decision-makers an empirically more well-founded understanding of what patients actually prefer when they weigh efficacy against side effects and other drug properties.
If you want to know more about the possibility of using preference studies to scientifically strengthen patients’ influence in medical approvals, read Karin Schölin Bywall’s dissertation: Getting a Say: Bringing patients’ views on benefit-risk into medical approvals.
If you want a concise summary of the dissertation, read Anna Holm’s news item on our website: Bringing patients’ views into medical approvals.
Pär Segerdahl, Associate Professor at the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics and editor of the Ethics Blog.
Schölin Bywall, K. (2021) Getting a Say: Bringing patients’ views on benefit-risk into medical approvals. [Dissertation]. Uppsala University.
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