The practice of physicians, nurses, and therapists is inextricably linked to ethical aspects. This makes ethics a key element of healthcare. The steady increase of scientific knowledge and the high innovative potential of the healthcare sector frequently create new options for providing healthcare services. This necessitates a scientifically sound and practice-oriented examination of ethical issues that arise in the different contexts of action in the health care system.
Biomedical and public health ethics focus on the interpersonal as well as social practice of actors within the health care sector. In this regard, relationships and determinants of social actions as well as opportunities and risks of new technologies are of crucial interest. The crucial task of ethics besides generating research results is to support actors within health care to facilitate patient well-being.
The research focus of the division Biomedical and Public Health Ethics at KL is mainly on the scientific analysis of ethical issues linked to the digital transformation of the health care sector. The public health perspective is crucial in this regard, which makes social determinants of health care the focus of research at the division.