Table 1

Methods of clinical ethics research

Theoretical

Philosophy (e.g., How should decisions on setting priorities be made legitimate

and fair?)

Theology (e.g., What Catholic values should guide decisions on setting priorities

in Catholic hospitals?)

Law (e.g., What practices in setting priorities in a regional health authority might

constitute discrimination?)

Policy (e.g., What policy should governments follow in funding new technologies

in medicine?)

Empirical

Social sciences (e.g., How do regional health authorities in developing countries

make decisions on setting priorities?)

Decision analysis (e.g., How do you trade-off considerations of equity and

efficiency in decisions on setting priorities?)

Clinical epidemiology (e.g., What are the criteria used to allocate liver

transplants?)

Health services research (e.g., How does the delivery of cardiac surgery vary by

patient gender or ethnicity?)


Singer et al. BMC Medical Ethics 2001 2:1   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-2-1

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