Review collection - Ethics 

52 reviews


Gómez Pérez C, Sanchez Garcia AB, García Capilla DJ. Bioethical perspective of the limitation of therapeutic effort in adult terminal patients. Systematic review. Enf Global. 2023 Jul 1;22(3):586-619. doi:10.6018/eglobal.554661

Tomczyk M, Jaques C, Jox RJ. Palliative sedation: ethics in clinical practice guidelines - systematic review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2023 Aug 11:spcare-2023-004266. doi: 10.1136/spcare-2023-004266. Epub ahead of print.

Vlckova K, Gonella S, Bavelaar L, Mitchell G, Sussman T. Methodological and ethical challenges in designing and conducting research at the end of life: A systematic review of qualitative and textual evidence. Int J Nurs Pract. 2023:e13224.


Doherty AM, Axe CJ, Jones DA. Investigating the relationship between euthanasia and/or assisted suicide and rates of non-assisted suicide: systematic review. BJPsych Open. 2022 Jun 3;8(4):e108. doi: 10.1192/bjo.2022.71.

Shlobin NA, Sheldon M, Bernstein M. Ethics of Transitioning from Curative Care to Palliative Care: Potential Conflicts of Interest Using the Example of Neurosurgery. World Neurosurg. 2022 Oct 7;168:139-145. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2022.10.003. Epub ahead of print.


Corradi-Perini C, Beltrão JR, Ribeiro URVCO. Circumstances Related to Moral Distress in Palliative Care: An Integrative Review. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2021 Nov;38(11):1391-1397. doi: 10.1177/1049909120978826. Epub 2020 Dec 7.

Hatefimoadab N, Cheraghi MA, Benton DC, Pashaeypoor S. Ethical advocacy in the end-of-life nursing care: A concept analysis. Nurs Forum. 2022 Jan;57(1):127-135. doi: 10.1111/nuf.12656. Epub 2021 Sep 21.

Moynihan KM, Dorste A, Siegel BD, Rabinowitz EJ, McReynolds A, October TW. Decision-Making, Ethics, and End-of-Life Care in Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: A Comprehensive Narrative Review. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2021 May 17. doi: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000002766. Epub ahead of print.


de Oliveira SG, Pacheco STA, Nunes MDR, Caldas CP, Cunha AL, Peres PLP. Bioethical aspects of health care provided to older adults at the end of their lives. Rev enferm UERJ. 2020;28:e47321

Haltaufderheide J, Nadolny S, Gysels M, Bausewein C, Vollmann J, Schildmann J. Outcomes of clinical ethics support near the end of life: A systematic review. Nurs Ethics. 2020 May;27(3):838-854. doi: 10.1177/0969733019878840. Epub 2019 Nov 19.

Mohiuddin A, Suleman M, Rasheed S, Padela AI. When can Muslims withdraw or withhold life support? A narrative review of Islamic juridical rulings. Glob Bioeth. 2020 Mar 22;31(1):29-46. doi: 10.1080/11287462.2020.1736243.

Patel T, Christy K, Grierson L, Shadd J, Farag A, O'Toole D, Lawson J, Vanstone M. Clinician responses to legal requests for hastened death: a systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative research. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2020 Jun 29:bmjspcare-2019-002018. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-002018. Epub ahead of print.

Prompahakul C, Epstein EG. Moral distress experienced by non-Western nurses: An integrative review. Nurs Ethics. 2020 May;27(3):778-795. doi: 10.1177/0969733019880241. Epub 2019 Nov 21.

Schofield G, Dittborn M, Huxtable R, Brangan E, Selman LE. Real-world ethics in palliative care: A systematic review of the ethical challenges reported by specialist palliative care practitioners in their clinical practice. Palliat Med. 2020 Dec 10:269216320974277. doi: 10.1177/0269216320974277. Epub ahead of print.

Wright DK, Gastmans C, Vandyk A, de Casterlé BD. Moral identity and palliative sedation: A systematic review of normative nursing literature. Nurs Ethics. 2020 May;27(3):868-886. doi: 10.1177/0969733019876312. Epub 2019 Oct 21.


Gerson SM, Bingley A, Preston N, Grinyer A. When is hastened death considered suicide? A systematically conducted literature review about palliative care professionals' experiences where assisted dying is legal. BMC Palliat Care. 2019 Aug 31;18(1):75. doi: 10.1186/s12904-019-0451-4.

Gómez-Vírseda C, de Maeseneer Y, Gastmans C. Relational autonomy: what does it mean and how is it used in end-of-life care? A systematic review of argument-based ethics literature. BMC Med Ethics. 2019 Oct 26;20(1):76. doi: 10.1186/s12910-019-0417-3.

Kerckhoffs MC, Kant M, van Delden JJM, Hooft L, Kesecioglu J, van Dijk D. Selecting and evaluating decision-making strategies in the intensive care unit: A systematic review. J Crit Care. 2019 Jan 30;51:39-45. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2019.01.029. [Epub ahead of print]

Maffoni M, Argentero P, Giorgi I, Hynes J, Giardini A. Healthcare professionals' moral distress in adult palliative care: a systematic review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2019 Sep;9(3):245-254. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2018-001674. Epub 2019 Jan 12.

Rodrigues P, Menten J, Gastmans C. Physicians' perceptions of palliative sedation for existential suffering: a systematic review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2019 Sep 3. pii: bmjspcare-2019-001865. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-001865. [Epub ahead of print]

Weaver MS, Mooney-Doyle K, Kelly KP, Montgomery K, Newman AR, Fortney CA, Bell CJ, Spruit JL, Kurtz Uveges M, Wiener L, Schmidt CM, Madrigal VN, Hinds PS. The Benefits and Burdens of Pediatric Palliative Care and End-of-Life Research: A Systematic Review. J Palliat Med. 2019 Mar 5. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2018.0483. [Epub ahead of print]


Bellenger EN, Ibrahim JE, Lovell JJ, Bugeja L. The Nature and Extent of Physical Restraint-Related Deaths in Nursing Homes: A Systematic Review. J Aging Health. 2018 Aug;30(7):1042-1061. doi: 10.1177/0898264317704541. Epub 2017 May 7.

Elmore J, Wright DK, Paradis M. Nurses' moral experiences of assisted death: A meta-synthesis of qualitative research. Nurs Ethics. 2018 Dec;25(8):955-972. doi: 10.1177/0969733016679468. Epub 2016 Dec 28.

Martins Pereira S, Hernández-Marrero P. Ethical challenges of outcome measurement in palliative care clinical practice: a systematic review of systematic reviews. Ann Palliat Med. 2018 Oct;7(Suppl 3):S207-S218. doi: 10.21037/apm.2018.06.05. Epub 2018 Jul 11.

Rodrigues P, Crokaert J, Gastmans C. Palliative Sedation for Existential Suffering: A Systematic Review of Argument-Based Ethics Literature. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Jun;55(6):1577-1590. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.01.013. Epub 2018 Jan 31.


Bain E, Puopolo M, Agarwal A, Lam M, Chow E, Henry B. Cultural and religious considerations in cancer care. Where do desires for life-sustaining care and miracles come from? J Pain Manage. 2017;10(1):49-58.

Chamsi-Pasha H, Albar MA. Ethical Dilemmas at the End of Life: Islamic Perspective. J Relig Health. 2017 Apr;56(2):400-410. doi: 10.1007/s10943-016-0181-3.

Kim H, Deatrick JA, Ulrich CM. Ethical frameworks for surrogates' end-of-life planning experiences. Nurs Ethics. 2017 Feb;24(1):46-69. Epub 2016 Aug 3.

Morrow A, Jacobs C, Best M, Greening S, Tucker K. Genetics in palliative oncology: a missing agenda? A review of the literature and future directions. Support Care Cancer. 2017 Dec 16. doi: 10.1007/s00520-017-4017-9. [Epub ahead of print]


Birchley G, Jones K, Huxtable R, Dixon J, Kitzinger J, Clare L. Dying well with reduced agency: a scoping review and thematic synthesis of the decision-making process in dementia, traumatic brain injury and frailty. BMC Med Ethics. 2016 Jul 27;17(1):46. doi: 10.1186/s12910-016-0129-x.

Delaney JW, Downar J. How is life support withdrawn in intensive care units: A narrative review. J Crit Care. 2016 Oct;35:12-8. Epub 2016 Apr 9.

Seitzer F, Kahrass H, Neitzke G, Strech D. The full spectrum of ethical issues in the care of patients with ALS: a systematic qualitative review. J Neurol. 2016 Feb;263(2):201-9. Epub 2015 Jul 30.


Strech D, Mertz M, Knüppel H, Neitzke G, Schmidhuber M. The full spectrum of ethical issues in dementia care: systematic qualitative review. Br J Psychiatry. 2013 Jun;202:400-6.


Hui D, Reddy A, Parsons HA, Bruera E. Reporting of funding sources and conflict of interest in the supportive and palliative oncology literature. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2012 Sep;44(3):421-30. Epub 2012 Jul 7.

Rietjens JA, Deschepper R, Pasman R, Deliens L. Medical end-of-life decisions: does its use differ in vulnerable patient groups? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Apr;74(8):1282-7. Epub 2012 Feb 17.


Abdulhameed HE, Hammami MM, Mohamed EA. Disclosure of terminal illness to patients and families: diversity of governing codes in 14 Islamic countries. J Med Ethics. 2011 Aug;37(8):472-5. Epub 2011 Mar 23.

Strech D, Schildmann J. Quality of ethical guidelines and ethical content in clinical guidelines: the example of end-of-life decision-making. J Med Ethics. 2011 Jul;37(7):390-6. Epub 2011 Feb 22.

Wendler D, Rid A. Systematic review: the effect on surrogates of making treatment decisions for others. Ann Intern Med. 2011 Mar 1;154(5):336-46.


Duke S, Bennett H. A narrative review of the published ethical debates in palliative care research and an assessment of their adequacy to inform research governance. Palliat Med. 2010 Mar;24(2):111-26. Epub 2009 Dec 4.

Jenkins VA, Anderson JL, Fallowfield LJ. Communication and informed consent in phase 1 trials: a review of the literature from January 2005 to July 2009. Support Care Cancer. 2010 Sep;18(9):1115-21. Epub 2010 Mar 4.

Leung D, Esplen MJ. Alleviating existential distress of cancer patients: can relational ethics guide clinicians? Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2010 Jan 1;19(1):30-8. Epub 2009 Nov 11.


Meeker MA, Jezewski MA. Metasynthesis: withdrawing life-sustaining treatments: the experience of family decision-makers. J Clin Nurs. 2009 Jan;18(2):163-73.

Park M. Ethical issues in nursing practice. J Nurs Law. 2009;13(3):68-77.

Quaghebeur T, Dierckx de Casterlé B, Gastmans C. Nursing and euthanasia: a review of argument-based ethics literature. Nurs Ethics. 2009 Jul;16(4):466-86.

Rees J, King L, Schmitz K. Nurses' perceptions of ethical issues in the care of older people. Nurs Ethics. 2009 Jul;16(4):436-52.


Bryon E, Gastmans C, de Casterlé BD. Decision-making about artificial feeding in end-of-life care: literature review. J Adv Nurs. 2008 Jul;63(1):2-14.

Kollas CD, Boyer-Kollas B, Kollas JW. Criminal prosecutions of physicians providing palliative or end-of-life care. J Palliat Med. 2008 Mar;11(2):233-41.


Lemiengre J, de Casterlé BD, Van Craen K, Schotsmans P, Gastmans C. Institutional ethics policies on medical end-of-life decisions: a literature review. Health Policy. 2007 Oct;83(2-3):131-43. Epub 2007 Apr 12.


Jayawardena KM, Liao S. Elder abuse at end of life. J Palliat Med. 2006 Feb;9(1):127-36.


Dickinson GE, Clark D, Winslow M,  Marples R. US physicians' attitudes concerning euthanasia and physician-assisted death: a systematic literature review. Mortality. 2005;10(1):43-52.


Hermsen MA, ten Have HAMJ. Moral debates in palliative care journals: a literature review. Int J Ethics. 2003;3(4):385-403.


Georges JJ, Grypdonck M. Moral problems experienced by nurses when caring for terminally ill people: a literature review. Nurs Ethics. 2002 Mar;9(2):155-78.

Last updated 11 January 2024