Research in Healthcare Ethics

Research is an essential component of scholarship in bioethics. The PhD degree is awarded on the basis of a dissertation that is the outcome of research. The DHCE degree is awarded on the basis of a practical project that also results from research.

Research in bioethics is facilitated through many resources that are available. Gumberg Library at Duquesne University has an outstanding collection of publications in the field of ethics in general and bioethics in particular. An enormous number of research resources in bioethics worldwide are available (not only in English but also in many other languages). The challenge is to find and select them.

Research is furthermore encouraged through the projects that are ongoing within the Center for Healthcare Ethics and in which students can be engaged.

Research Projects

Faculty in the Center for Healthcare Ethics are involved in several ongoing research projects. These scholarly projects provide a focus for faculty research and for student doctoral dissertations in the Center for Healthcare Ethics. Presentations on these research topics will occur at professional conferences, nationally and internationally.

  1. Global Bioethics
  2. Disaster Bioethics
  3. Palliative Care Ethics
  4. Foundations of Religious Ethics
  5. Decision-making in Catholic Health Care Ethics
  6. Organizational Ethics in Health Care
  7. Human Genome and Stem Cell Research
  8. Ethics Education
Recent Publications

Publications 2020

Gielen, J. (Ed.) (2020) Normativity in Bioethics. Dealing with Bioethical Issues in a Globalized World. (Advances in Global Bioethics) Springer.

Publications 2019

Gielen, J. Kashyap, K. (2019). Belief in Karma and Mokṣa at the End of Life in India. Selin, H., Rakoff, R.M. (Eds.) Death Across Cultures: Death and Dying in Non-Western Cultures. Springer, 19-39.

Gielen, J. Kashyap, K. (2019). Spiritual Care in India. Peng-Keller, S. ed. Spiritual Care im globalisierten Gesundheitswesen. Historische Hintergründe und aktuelle Entwicklungen. Wissenschaftlichen Buchgesellschaft Darmstadt, 235-254.

Peter I. Osuji, and Chike Anyigbo. 2019. "Eco-Ethical Challenges of The Lake Chad Basin Water Crisis." In: Cascading Challenges in the Global Water Crisis, edited by Gerard Magill, James Benedict, 159-180. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-2447-7.

Publications 2018

Peter I. Osuji. 2018. "Laudato Si and Traditional African Environmental Ethics." In, Gerard Magill and Jordan Potter, Integral Ecology: Protecting Our Common Home. (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing), Chapter Eight, 184-208.

Publications 2017

Bhatnagar, S., Gielen, J., Satija, A., Singh, S.P., Noble, S., Chaturvedi, S., Signs of Spiritual Distress and Its Implications for Practice in Indian Palliative Care. (2017) Indian Journal of Palliative Care, 23 (3), 306-311.

Peter I. Osuji, "Relational Autonomy in Informed Consent (RAIC) As an Ethics of Care Approach to the Concept of Informed Consent." Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, (2017) 1-11 DOI 10.1007/s11019-017-9789-7.

Peter I. Osuji, "Professionalism in Healthcare: The Professionalism of the Healthcare Personnel in the Fight against the Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone." Philectics: Journal of Philosophy [University of Benin] Vol.1 No.1, (2017)11-22.

Publications 2016

Gielen, J., Bhatnagar, S., Chaturvedi, S. (2016). Spirituality as an Ethical Challenge in Indian Palliative Care: A Systematic Review. Palliative & Supportive Care, 14 (5), 561-582.

Gielen, J. (2016). Education in Care Ethics: a Way to Increase Palliative Care Awareness in India. International Journal of Ethics Education, 1 (1), 15-24.Bhatnagar, S., Noble, S., Chaturvedi, S., Gielen, J. (2016). Development and Psychometric Assessment of a Spirituality Questionnaire for Indian Palliative Care Patients. Indian Journal of Palliative Care, 22 (1) 9-18.

Bhatnagar, S., Noble, S., Chaturvedi, S., Gielen, J. (2016). Development and Psychometric Assessment of a Spirituality Questionnaire for Indian Palliative Care Patients. Indian Journal of Palliative Care, 22 (1) 9-18.

Peter I. Osuji, "Justifying Condom Use to Ameliorate HIV/AIDS Infection between Spouses: Revisiting the Traditional Principe of Double Effect." Nnamdi Azikiwe Journal of Philosophy vol. 8, no.1 (2016):1-13.

Peter I. Osuji, "Ethical Issues in the Use of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis for Creating a Human Leukocyte Antigen Matching Donor Child for Treating a Sibling Suffering from Fanconi Anemia." International Journal of Philosophy & Public Affairs Vol 4 (Dec 2016): 66-85

Publications 2015

Henk ten Have: Bioethics needs bayonets. In: German Solinis (ed.): Global Bioethics: What for? Twentieth anniversary of UNESCO's Bioethics Programme. UNESCO: Paris, 2015: 147-150. See:

Ten Have, Henk and Bert Gordijn (2015): Publications and rejectionsMedicine, Health Care and Philosophy 18(2).

Publications 2014

Peter I. Osuji, African Traditional Medicine: Autonomy and Informed Consent. [Advancing Global Bioethics Series, Vol. 3] Springer, 2014.

Henk ten Have and Bert Gordijn. The significance of relatedness in healthcare. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 17, no. 2 (2014): 169-170.

Welie, Jos VM, and Henk AMJ ten Have. The ethics of forgoing life-sustaining treatment: theoretical considerations and clinical decision making. Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine. 2014. 9, no. 1: 14.

Henk ten Have: Nanotechnology and ethics - European public policies. In: Bert Gordijn and Anthony Mark Cutter (eds.): In pursuit of nanoethics. Springer Publishers: Dordrecht, 2014: 193-208.

Henk ten Have & Jos V.M. Welie: Palliative Sedation Versus Euthanasia: An Ethical Assessment. Journal of pain and symptom management. 2014; 47(1): 123-136.

Gerard Magill & Lawrence Prybil: Governance Ethics in Healthcare: An Empirical and Ethical Study. 2014. Under review.

Gerard Magill: Imagination & Ethics. completed in 2013. Under review.

Publications 2013

Henk ten Have: Bioética sem fronteiras (Bioethics without borders). In: Dora Porto, Volnei Garrafa, Gerson Zalafon Martins and Swedenberger do Nacimento Barbosa (eds.): Bioéticas, poderes e injustiças - 10 anos depois. Conselhos Federal de Medicina, Cátedra Unesco de Bioética, Sociedade Brasileira de Bioética: Brasilia 2012: 43-61.

Henk ten Have: Palliative care. In: Hugh LaFollette (ed.): The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Blackwell Publishing: Oxford, UK, 2013: 3782-3789 (Wiley Online Library DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee113).

Bert Gordijn & Henk ten Have: Quandaries of ethics education. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 2013; 16(1): 1-2.

Henk ten Have & Bert Gordijn: The business of care. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 2013; 16(2): 123-124.

Henk ten Have, Ruud ter Meulen en Evert van Leeuwen: Leerboek Medische Ethiek. Vierde herziene druk. Bohn Stafleu van Loghum, Houten, 2013. ISBN 978-90-313-9919-2; 357 pag.[Textbook of Medical Ethics - in Dutch]

Bert Gordijn and Henk ten Have: International experiences with priority setting in healthcare. Medicine Health Care and Philosophy 2013; 16(3): 325-326.

Henk ten Have: Global bioethics: Transnational experiences and impacts on Islamic bioethics. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 2013; 48(3): 600-617.

Henk ten Have and Jos Welie: Palliative sedation versus euthanasia: An ethical assessment. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2013; In press (DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.03.008)

Henk ten Have: Nanotechnology and ethics - European public policies. In: Bert Gordijn and Anthony Mark Cutter (eds.): In pursuit of nanoethics. The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology. Springer Publishers: Dordrecht, 2013 (in press)

Henk ten Have: Macro-triage and disaster planning. In: Donal O'Matuna (eds). Disaster Bioethics. Springer Publishers: Dordrecht, 2013 (in press).

Henk ten Have: Bioethics and Human Rights - Wherever the twain shall meet. In: S. Vöneky, B. Beylage-Haarmann. A. Höfelmeier & A-K. Hübler (eds.): Ethik und Recht - Die Ethisierung des Rechts/ Ethics and Law - The ethicalization of law. Springer: Dordrecht, 2013: 149-176.

David F. Kelly, Gerard Magill, & Henk A.M.J. ten Have: Contemporary Catholic Health Care Ethics. 2nd edition. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, April 2013.

Gerard Magill. Bioethics in the United States. In: Henk A.M.J. ten Have & Bert Gordijn, Atlas of Global Bioethics. Springer, 2013.

Gerard Magill. Bioethics in the Roman Catholic Tradition. In: Henk A.M.J. ten Have & Bert Gordijn, Compendium of Global Bioethics. Springer, 2013.

Gerard Magill. Quality in Ethics Consultations. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. Online First, Springer Publications, May 2013.



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