Justin G Oakley

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Researchers and institutional review boards often consider it inappropriate for patients to be asked to consent to more than one study despite there being no regulatory prohibition on co-enrollment in most countries. There are however ethical, safety, statistical, and practical considerations relevant to co-enrollment, particularly in surgery and(More)
A crucial premise in many recent arguments against the moral permissibility of surrogate motherhood arrangements is the claim that a woman cannot autonomously consent to gestating and relinquishing a child to another couple, because she cannot be fully informed about what her future emotional responses will be to the foetus developing within her, and to the(More)
The standard problem with many slippery slope arguments is that they fail to provide us with the necessary evidence to warrant our believing that the significantly morally worse circumstances they predict will in fact come about. As such these arguments have widely been criticised as 'scare-mongering'. Consequentialists have traditionally been at the(More)
Clinical report cards are at the centre of an escalating debate on ways in which the performance of hospitals and individual doctors can be monitored. Report cards are a method of publishing outcome data that can be focused on a particular hospital, clinical unit, or an individual doctor. Following the public disclosure of results of individual cardiac(More)
In this article, I respond to Alan Henderson's critique of the quality of care argument for surgeon report cards. I discuss some significant US and UK studies demonstrating that surgeon report cards improve clinical outcomes. I also indicate that surgeon report cards are in any case supported by other important ethical arguments, such as arguments from(More)