Toward a bioethical framework for antibiotic use, antimicrobial resistance and for empirically designing ethically robust strategies to protect human health: a research protocol

Pablo Hernández-Marrero*, Sandra Martins Pereira, Patrícia Joana de Sá Brandão, Joana Araújo, Ana Sofia Carvalho

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Abstract

Introduction: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a challenging global and public health issue, raising bioethical challenges, considerations and strategies. Objectives: This research protocol presents a conceptual model leading to formulating an empirically based bioethics framework for antibiotic use, AMR and designing ethically robust strategies to protect human health. Methods: Mixed methods research will be used and operationalized into five substudies. The bioethical framework will encompass and integrate two theoretical models: global bioethics and ethical decision-making. Results: Being a study protocol, this article reports on planned and ongoing research. Conclusions: Based on data collection, future findings and using a comprehensive, integrative, evidence-based approach, a step-by-step bioethical framework will be developed for (i) responsible use of antibiotics in healthcare and (ii) design of strategies to decrease AMR. This will entail the analysis and interpretation of approaches from several bioethical theories, including deontological and consequentialist approaches, and the implications of uncertainty to these approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1787-1793
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of International Medical Research
Volume45
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • Bioethics
  • Decision-making processes
  • Global health
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitals
  • Public health

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