FIGO Bioethics: Case Studies in Women’s Health

Congratulations to Dr. Bernard Dickens and his expert colleagues on the Committee on Ethical Aspects of Human Reproduction and Women’s  Health, of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), who recently published a bioethics training curriculum for medical students and junior practitioners in obstetrics and gynecology.   It opens with a brief overview of basic bioethical principles, followed by 27 case studies through which students can apply the principles to propose ethical responses.  This curriculum can be used freely in order to stimulate means of ethical analysis, reflection and decision-making.

The Ethics Committee would be pleased to collaborate with any FIGO member society or any medical school department of obstetrics and gynecology that wants to use the materials and case studies in an ethics training program.  For further information, please contact Dr. Bernard Dickens by email   Bernard.dickens_AT#_utoronto .ca

FIGO Introduction to Principles and Practice of Bioethics:
Case Studies in Women’s Health   (2012)   online here through FIGO.

PART  I:  BIOETHICS  
1.      Introduction – The Context
2.     The Background of Bioethics
3.     Ethics Principles:
——- * Respect for Persons: Autonomy and Protection of the Vulnerable
——- * Benefit and Avoidance of Harm: (Beneficence and Nonmaleficence)
——- * Justice
4. Levels of Analysis
5. Clinical Case Analysis
Table 1:  4 boxes for Reproductive/Women’s Health

PART  II:    CASE-STUDIES    
Adolescent Sex and Confidentiality
Adolescents and Family Planning
Anencephaly and Late-Term Abortion
Antenatal Care  Bioethics and Faith-Based Organizations
Caesarean Section on Request
Choice of Home Birth
Clinical Research
Conflict of Interest
Cost Containment
Egg Donation
Female Genital Cutting / Mutilation (FGM)
Hepatitis B Vaccination
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination
Hysterectomy
Illiterate Patients’ Informed Consent
Involuntary Female Sterilisation
Multiple Pregnancy
Obstetric Fistula
Refusal of Caesarean Section
Refusal of Treatment
Reinfibulation
Social Sex Selection
Surrogacy
Task Shifting and Maternal Mortality
Termination of Adolescent Pregnancy
Appendix:    Instructors’ Guide

The entire book:  online here through FIGO.

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