The quality of bioethics debate: implications for clinical ethics committees

Laura Williamson

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Bioethicists have recently expressed concern over a lack
of quality control within the field. This apprehension
focuses on bioethics expanding in ways that obscure its
distinctive ethical remit and the specialist reasoning skills
it requires. This thesis about the quality and conduct of
bioethics may have particular relevance for clinical ethics.
As one of the youngest offshoots of bioethics, the field
focuses on the ethical issues that arise specifically in a
clinical context. However, non-ethics specialists are
increasingly involved in this field. This means that clinical
ethics could be especially vulnerable to the quality control
concerns articulated within bioethics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-360
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008


  • medical ethics
  • bioethics


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