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Methods in Medical Ethics

One of our priorities is the critical reflection, (further) development and linking of interdisciplinary research approaches and methods in the field of medical ethics. Our work includes descriptive or explanative empirical research as well as conceptual or normative-ethical analyses. This entails the development and piloting of methodologies that allow a combination of different research methods from different disciplines.
By pursuing this endeavor, we aim at 1) describing the theoretical considerations and methodological foundations of our methods in our research work, to document considerations during the research process, and thereby to make the way in which we gained knowledge transparent; 2) making the strengths and limitations of different approaches visible through cross-project reflection of methods and building on experience for further projects; 3) ensuring a high quality of our research through both activities and 4) establishing new methodical procedures.