BMC Medical Ethics 15 (1):17 (2014)

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Research in the field of Empirical Ethics (EE) uses a broad variety of empirical methodologies, such as surveys, interviews and observation, developed in disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, and psychology. Whereas these empirical disciplines see themselves as purely descriptive, EE also aims at normative reflection. Currently there is literature about the quality of empirical research in ethics, but little or no reflection on specific methodological aspects that must be considered when conducting interdisciplinary empirical ethics. Furthermore, poor methodology in an EE study results in misleading ethical analyses, evaluations or recommendations. This not only deprives the study of scientific and social value, but also risks ethical misjudgement
Keywords Empirical ethics  Evidence-based ethics  Empirical methodology  Applied bioethics  Interdisciplinarity  Methodology  Quality criteria
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DOI 10.1186/1472-6939-15-17
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