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Posts in category: Incidental findings

Bioethics Commission Continues to Recognize Value of Empirical Bioethics Research

In its recent report, Anticipate and Communicate: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings in the Clinical, Research, and Direct-to-Consumer Contexts, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) emphasized once more the importance of empirical research to support sound policy.  Specifically, the Bioethics Commission recommended that federal agencies and other interested […]

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Anticipating and Communicating Through Education

Since its inception, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) has repeatedly recommended that ethics education be widely available at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. In Anticipate and Communicate: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings in the Clinical, Research, and Direct-to-Consumer Contexts, the Bioethics Commission made the broad recommendation […]

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Informed Consent in the Bioethics Commission’s Work

The bioethical principle of respect for persons has played a central role in the deliberations and work of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission), especially in its recent report, Anticipate and Communicate: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings in the Clinical, Research, and Direct-to-Consumer Contexts. The principle of respect […]

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Ethics in Context: Anticipating and Communicating Incidental and Secondary Findings in the Direct-to-Consumer Context

In Anticipate and Communicate: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings in the Clinical, Research, and Direct-to-Consumer Contexts, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) explored the ethical issues surrounding incidental and secondary findings arising in a variety of settings, including the direct-to-consumer (DTC) context. A growing number of DTC companies […]

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Anticipating and Communicating Incidental and Secondary Findings in Research

Incidental findings can arise during the course of some research studies involving human participants, presenting ongoing challenges for researchers. For example, some imaging technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound can reveal aspects of a research participant’s physiology outside the area of interest to researchers. The research setting is distinct, warranting ethical guidance […]

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Incidental Findings in the Clinical Context

In its recent report, Anticipate and Communicate: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings in the Clinical, Research, and Direct-to-Consumer Contexts, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) made recommendations for practitioners in each of these three contexts, as well as several overarching recommendations. This blog post will outline the distinctive […]

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Core Principles: Anticipation and Communication of Incidental and Secondary Findings

In its recent report, Anticipate and Communicate: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings in the Clinical, Research, and Direct-to-Consumer Contexts, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues’s (Bioethics Commission) ethical analysis relies on a core set of principles consistently outlined in its work. The four common principles—respect for persons, beneficence, justice and […]

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Bioethics Commission Contributes Important Definitional Taxonomy to Incidental Findings Scholarship

  On December 12th, 2013 the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) released its new report – Anticipate and Communicate: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings in the Clinical, Research, and Direct-to-Consumer Contexts. As a part of its cross-contextual and cross-modality analysis, the Bioethics Commission reviewed the work of a number of […]

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Incidental Findings Report is Timely

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) recently released Anticipate and Communicate: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings in the Clinical, Research, and Direct-to-Consumer Contexts. This report is the first report released by a national bioethics commission on return of results in over ten years. In 1999 the National Bioethics […]

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Incidental Findings Case Studies

Incidental findings can be life changing, for better or for worse. The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethics Issues (Bioethics Commission) recently published a report entitled Anticipate and Communicate: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings in the Clinical, Research, and Direct-to-Consumer Contexts. Many people might not understand how an incidental finding could affect […]

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