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The growth of clinical ethics in a multilingual country: challenges and opportunities

Reiter-Theil, Stella
Baumann-Hölzle, Ruth
Foppa, Carlo
Bosshard, Georg
Salathé, Michelle
Published in Bioethica Forum. 2008, vol. 1, no. 1, p. 15-24
Abstract Method: We describe how different clinical ethics support services developed in Switzerland, and outline the diversity of structures, languages and cultural sources that these services are based on. Results: Despite differences in models and processes, common elements emerge: reliance on principlism,citizen involvement, interdisciplinarity, as well as the – implicit or explicit – reluctance to rely too strictly on rigid rules or processes for ethics consultation. The multi-lingual and multi-cultural structure of Switzerland results in unique difficulties in setting up a national network. Working in three different languages gives rise to logistical obstacles not present in most other countries. With each language also comes a literature corpus relevant to medical ethics, which is used alongside the English language bioethics literature with different degrees of salience in different regions.
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Research groups Bioéthique générale (781)
Ethique biomédicale (783)
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HURST, Samia et al. The growth of clinical ethics in a multilingual country: challenges and opportunities. In: Bioethica Forum, 2008, vol. 1, n° 1, p. 15-24. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:40488

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