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Current empirical research in neonatal bioethics.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20712838     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Ethical dilemmas in neonatology can be analysed using both the theoretical tools of analytic philosophy and the empirical tools of clinical epidemiology and health services research. Both yield important insights into ways to think about the ethical issues that arise in clinical neonatology. In this paper, we review recent empirical research in neonatal bioethics. Studies published in the last 5 years shed light on issues that arise in prenatal consultation, prognostication, outcomes, quality-of-life and cost-effectiveness in neonatal intensive care. These studies show ways in which doctors vary in their decisions from country to country, hospital to hospital and for babies and children with different conditions but similar prognoses. Empirical research in bioethics can answer questions about what doctors and parents think and do. It does not answer questions about what they ought to do. Conclusion:  Good ethics starts with good facts, even if good facts are not sufficient to get us to good ethics.
Cameron H Swinton; John D Lantos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2010-08-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)     Volume:  99     ISSN:  1651-2227     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-02     Completed Date:  2011-01-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205968     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr     Country:  Norway    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1773-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2010 The Author(s)/Acta Paediatrica © 2010 Foundation Acta Paediatrica.
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bioethical Issues*
Decision Making
Empirical Research*
Infant, Newborn
Neonatology / ethics*
Physician's Practice Patterns

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