Is Medical Ethics Really in the Best Interest of the Patient?
Main sponsor: Journal of Internal Medicine
CALL FOR PAPERS NOW OPEN - Deadline 15th February 2010
Medical ethics is practised by doctors and nurses on an everyday basis. It is also a rapidly expanding academic discipline and ethical review boards for medical research play a key role in the life sciences. The primary concern is, or at least should be, the best interest of current and future patients. But is this really so?
This multi-disciplinary international conference will raise questions about some of the key ethical issues of concern regarding medical research. The possibility to increase knowledge about diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease is the primary motive of medical research. Ethics is there in order to protect patients and promote their interests. But is medical ethics instrumental to this end?
The conference discusses three themes:
- Should ideology be allowed to trump patient well-being?
- What is the role of informed consent in medical research?
- Ethical review boards: are they important ethical safeguards or over-burdensome and unnecessary bureaucracy?
Tom L Beauchamp, Georgetown University, Washington Anne Cambon-Thomsen, French National Center for Scientific Research, Toulouse Alastair V. Campbell, National University of Singapore Don Chalmers, Tasmania University Hille Haker, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main Søren Holm, Manchester University Margit Sutrop, Tartu University Marcel Verweij, Utrecht University Simon Whitney, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston The conference is chaired by Mats G. Hansson and Ruth Chadwick