Table 1

General representation of the matrix form of the medical ethical principles using Saaty’s (1980) pairwise task, and example matrix and weights for Person A
2ndposition (non-preferred) Person A
NM J A B TT C NM J A B TT C Weights
NM W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M1','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M1">View MathML</a> 1 1 5 2 0.17
J <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M2','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M2">View MathML</a> W6 W7 W8 W9 3 <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M3','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M3">View MathML</a> 1 5 2 0.20
1st position (preferred) A <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M4','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M4">View MathML</a> <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M5','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M5">View MathML</a> W10 W11 W12 1 3 7 1 1 0.27
B <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M6','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M6">View MathML</a> <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M7','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M7">View MathML</a> <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M8','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M8">View MathML</a> W13 W14 1 1 <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M9','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M9">View MathML</a> 5 <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M10','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M10">View MathML</a> 0.11
TT <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M11','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M11">View MathML</a> <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M12','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M12">View MathML</a> <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M13','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M13">View MathML</a> <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M14','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M14">View MathML</a> W15 <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M15','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M15">View MathML</a> <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M16','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M16">View MathML</a> 1 <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M17','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M17">View MathML</a> <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M18','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M18">View MathML</a> 0.06
C <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M19','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M19">View MathML</a> <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M20','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M20">View MathML</a> <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M21','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M21">View MathML</a> <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M22','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M22">View MathML</a> <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M23','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M23">View MathML</a> <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M24','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M24">View MathML</a> <a onClick="popup('http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M25','MathML',630,470);return false;" target="_blank" href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/13/10/mathml/M25">View MathML</a> 1 5 5 0.19

NM = Non-maleficence, J = Justice, A = Autonomy, B = Beneficence, TT = Truth Telling, C = Confidentiality.

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