New article: AI ethics is not a panacea. McLennan S, Lee MM, Fiske A, Celi LA

From machine learning (ML) and computer vision to robotics and natural language processing, the application of data science and artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to transform health care (Celi et al. 2019). While the rapid…

Studie zu selbstfahrenden Autos. Ihre Meinung ist gefragt!

Wie sollen autonome Autos und andere intelligente Fahrzeuge Entscheidungen treffen, die sich darauf auswirken, wer bei Unfällen lebt und wer stirbt? Sollen die Fahrzeuge menschliche Reaktionen nachahmen oder sollen gesellschaftliche…

New Article. Understanding access to professional healthcare among asylum seekers facing gender-based violence: a qualitative study from a stakeholder perspective, by Mirjam D. Rodella Sapia, Tenzin Wangmo, Stéphanie Dagron and Bernice S. Elger

When it comes to gender-based violence (GBV), migrant women and girls represent the most vulnerable group. GBV can happen at any stage of migrants’ flight and/or during the asylum process. It has severe consequences on their life and…

New Publication. Data protection and biomedical research in Switzerland: setting the record straight, by Andrea Martani, Dr. Philpp Egli, Dr. Michael Widmer and Prof. Bernice Elger

Ensuring the protection of privacy and the compliance with data protection rules have become central issues for researchers active in the biomedical field. Data protection law is often perceived as very complex and difficult to interpret,…

New article: Data protection during the coronavirus crisis, by Christophe Olivier Schneble, Prof. Bernice Simone Elger, and Dr. David Martin Shaw

The SARS‐CoV‐2 virus has caused a worldwide pandemic with many deaths (WHO, 2020b) and healthcare systems being pushed to their limits. This makes it all the more important to identify infected people early on and to ensure that people…

New Article: Invisible Enemies: Coronavirus and Other Hidden Threats by Dr. David Shaw

To say that coronavirus is highly visible is a massive understatement in terms of its omnipresence in our lives and media coverage concerning it, yet also clearly untrue in terms of the virus itself. COVID-19 is our invisible enemy,…

New article: Uncertainties about the need for ethics approval in Switzerland: a mixed-methods study, by V. Gloy, S. McLennan, M. Rinderknecht, B. Ley, B. Meier, S. Driessen, P. Gervasoni, B. Hirschel, P. Benkert, I. Gilles, E. von Elm and M. Briel

To ensure ethical oversight, researchers wanting to conduct “research” involving human beings are typically required to obtain prior approval from an independent ethics committee. However, it can sometimes be unclear if a project needs to…

Special Issue: TB and Ethics in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

Professor Bernice Elger contributed to the special issue TB and Ethics in the International Journal of Tubercolosis and Lung Disease with an article entitled: Ethical issues in tuberculosis screening and the use of new drugs for prisoners

New article: Working Through Ethics Review of Big Data Research Projects: An Investigation into the Experiences of Swiss and American Researchers, by Maddalena Favaretto, Dr. Eva De Clercq, Prof. Matthias Briel and Prof. Bernice Elger

The employment of Big Data as an increasingly used research method has introduced novel challenges to ethical research practices and to ethics committees (ECs) globally. The aim of this study is to explore the experiences of scholars with…

New article: Acute and transitional care or rehabilitation? Retrospective analysis of discharge planning from a municipal hospital in Switzerland, by L. Kollbrunner, M. Rost, I. Koné, B. Zimmermann, Y. Padrutt, T. Wangmo & B. Elger

Due to rising health care costs, in 2012 Switzerland introduced SwissDRG, a reimbursement system for hospitals based on lump sum per case. To circumvent possible negative consequences like reduction in length of stay, acute and transitional…