Opiod treatment. Controversy surrounding its abuse in the U.S.

Introduction A recent article published in The Washington Post discusses the conflict that has emerged in the US with the advertising and prescription of opioid analgesics, as a result of the manipulation of information detected in their promotion and bias regarding the...

A brief review of access to palliative care in the world. Evaluation and ethical aspects

Our Observatory is following the palliative care issue as an urgent global ethical matter to be resolved, both in developed countries and in the rest of the world (read HERE). We said in a recent article “the consideration of the dignity of the suffering human person,...

More than 47% of people who will die by 2060 will do so without adequate palliative care

Why palliative care universal access should be defended? Palliative care universal access for all A report from King’s College in London, published last week in The Lancet Global Health, predicts that by 2060, around 48 million people (47% of all deaths) will die without...

Reflections on Vincent Lambert paradigmatic case. Death of starvation promulgated by law, an objectively euthanasic act

An assisted death paradigmatic case in a country where euthanasia is not legal Our Observatory at the Catholic University of Valencia considers that the death of Vincent Lambert following the withdrawal of hydration and nutrition is an objectively euthanasic act since, although...

Legalization of assisted suicide effects. “A source of good-quality organs and corpses”, ethical comment

When the transplant team and anatomy laboratories in search of corpses come knocking… A relevant ethical issue in transplant procedures is the autonomy of the donor and respect for the peace and privacy they need as they approach the end of their life. However, in countries where...

Alfie Evans’ parents welcome baby boy four months after losing their firstborn

The parents of Alfie Evans are celebrating the birth of their son – four months after they lost their firstborn to a rare degenerative disease. Kate James, 20, gave birth to a little boy in August who has been named Thomas after his 21-year-old father and said to be...

To what extent should the opinion of children treated medically be taken into account?

A bioethical problem that sometimes arises in pediatric practice, is to what extent the opinion of sick children should be taken into consideration when assessing the medical measures that they receive. In a series of articles published in the American Journal of Bioethics, it is...

Providing death ritual to patients may be a way to decrease burnout among medical personnel

Based on the increasing rates of suicide among medical staff in North America and other countries, many studies have been published and institutions are working to prevent it. In this sense, an article in the Journal of Palliative Care (see HERE) presents one way to decrease...

Open debate in the UK. Bioethicists and parents argue for a change in childcare law in the UK

 “Best interest” or “independent significant harm test” A paper in the British Medical Journal has called for ‘new solutions’ to disputes between parents and doctors on medical care, in the wake of the Alfie Evans case. Two bioethicists have argued there...

When Hospital’s decision-making affects the end of life patients basic rights. Alfie Evans case bioethics approach

New conflictive NHS hospital’s decisions The new conflict between NHS hospital decision supported by English Supreme Court and parents claims has arisen a new strong public opinion reaction and an international debate. Alfie was born on May 9, 2016, but suffered seizures...