Research into ethics and health looks at ethical questions in health care, as well as developing guidelines and policies to tackle existing problems. Our funding programme Ethics and Health stimulates research into ethical issues in health care. But we also have other programmes and projects that cover ethical questions in certain areas.

Core aspects of ethics in health care

Ethics form the foundation of human interactions in health care today . Ethics do not solely refer to compliance with laws and regulations, but also mean striving to do what is right, based on social norms and values. Health care providers, policymakers and researchers who are involved in medical decision-making must take account of moral principles, such as fairness, autonomy, avoiding harm and showing respect for human dignity.

Ethical issues across the entire health care chain

Ethical issues arise during every stage of human life and across the entire health care chain, from research to health care provision. In settings such as laboratories, hospitals (intensive care units) and care homes, but also in home care, to name some examples.

Challenges and dilemmas in biomedical ethics

The field of health care regularly faces complex dilemmas that demand ethical considerations. Here one might think of issues such as organ donation, ovum donation, medical triage during a pandemic, genetic manipulation and other biomedical experiments. Such challenges force professionals to think hard about the balance between maximising health benefits while minimising ethical damage.

Research ethics and responsible science

An ethical approach to health care stresses patient-oriented care and the importance of informed consent. Patients have the right to be fully informed about their medical condition, treatment options and potential risks of treatment before consenting to undergo a medical procedure. This strengthens patient autonomy and shows respect for an individual’s decision-making powers.

Research ethics and responsible science

Ethics are of crucial importance within the health research community. Researchers must strive to meet the highest standards of integrity and transparency in order to safeguard the rights and wellbeing of human subjects. Correct use of research data, preventing conflicts of interest, and ensuring research reproducibility are three essential ethical requirements of medical science.

Social responsibility and health care

Ethical considerations extend further than the interactions between individuals, touching on issues of social responsibility. Policymakers must strive to create an equitable and inclusive health care system – one where equal access to high-quality care is guaranteed for all citizens, regardless of their background or financial status.

Thinking ethically for a healthy future

Ethics have a central place in health care, serving as a compass in complex decision-making that impacts both individual and collective health. We must continue to integrate ethical considerations into all aspects of health care in order to help create a society that promotes health while respecting equity and human dignity.



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