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Law and ethics are two essential aspects of biomedical research, especially when it involves human subjects, animals, or sensitive data. Biomedical research aims to advance scientific knowledge and improve health outcomes, but it also raises complex ethical dilemmas and legal challenges that require careful consideration and deliberation. This journal portfolio presents a selection of articles that explore some of the current issues and debates in the field of law and ethics in biomedical research, such as patient safety culture, infection prevention, assisted suicide, and opioid treatment agreements. The articles provide different perspectives and insights from various disciplines and contexts, highlighting the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and communication in addressing the ethical and legal implications of biomedical research.

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AUTOGEN: A Personalized Large Language Model for Academic Enhancement—Ethics and Proof of Principle

In this article, we explore the potential of enhancing academic prose and idea generation by fine-tuning a large language model (here, GPT-3)…


Ethics Education for Healthcare Professionals in the Era of ChatGPT and Other Large Language Models: Do We Still Need It?

In this paper, we contend with whether we still need traditional ethics education as part of healthcare professional training given the abilities of chatGPT (generative pre-trained transformer) and other large language models (LLM). We reflect on common…

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Our objective was to evaluate whether the description of a machine learning (ML) app or brain imaging technology to predict the onset of schizophrenia or alcohol use disorder (AUD) influences healthcare professionals’ judgments of stigma, empathy, and compassion.

A hospital’s patient safety culture affects surgical outcomes. Operating room safety culture has been overlooked despite the importance of patient safety. The AHRQ’s Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPSC) has been used worldwide to assess and enhance patient safety culture. This study examined how patient safety culture and infection prevention effect patient safety in the Operating Room (OR).

Slippery slope argumentation features prominently in debates over assisted suicide. The jurisdiction of Oregon features prominently too, especially as regards parliamentary scrutiny of assisted suicide proposals. This paper examines Oregon’s public data (including certain official pronouncements) on assisted suicide in light of the two basic versions of the slippery slope argument, the empirical and moral-logical versions.

Patients with chronic pain face significant barriers in finding clinicians to manage long-term opioid therapy (LTOT). For patients on LTOT, it is increasingly common to have them sign opioid treatment agreements (OTAs). OTAs enumerate the risks of opioids, as informed consent documents would, but also the requirements that patients must meet to receive LTOT.

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