Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Ethics in Denmark
Participant in the network is University of Copenhagen.
Unit of Medical Philosophy and Clinical Theory, Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The faculty includes 2 associate professors, 1 post.doc. and 2 Phd students. In addition 28 external lecturers and teaching assistants contribute to the programs.
Current research topics are justice and priority-setting in health, informed consent in medical therapy and research, naturalized ethics and morality in an evolutionary perspective, evidence-based medicine and alternative and complementary medicine, and medical knowledge and the challenge of social constructivism. Some of those topics are approached both from a theoretical and empirical perspective. The educational focus is on philosophy of medicine, including medical ethics, clinical decision theory and research methodology. Obligatory courses in those subjects are given for students in medicine, odontology, molecular biomedicine, pre- and post graduate students in public health, and several courses for post graduate students every year.
The group leader Peter Hancke Rossel is associate professor. His research has focused on informed consent in medical therapy and research, comprising both empirical and theoretical studies, e.g. the normative justification of informed consent in different settings. His current research interest focuses on priority setting in health care and especially the growing field of experimental, naturalized ethics in an evolutionary perspective.
Last updated: 2012-01-12