History and philosophy of science and medicine, moral psychology, bioethics and medical ethics, health law, and medical education, with particular interests in philosophy of psychiatry, end-of-life care and decisions, reproductive medicine, medical professionalism, research ethics, evidence-based medicine and complementary medicine.
My research interests cover a number of areas within the history and philosophy of science and medicine, bioethics, medical ethics and health law, and medical education (ethics, law and professionalism).
Areas of particular interest include:
Conceptual research in bioethical methodology, particularly principlism and global bioethics
Ethical aspects of the doctor-patient relationship
End-of-life issues including euthanasia, mandatory psychiatric review of requests for assisted death, psychiatric medicalisation, withdrawal of treatment, causation of death, competence determination, end-of-life policy-making
Reproductive issues including prenatal testing, posthumous conception and embryo research
Human research ethics
Changes in medical negligence and tort law
Evidence-based medicine: implications for medical ethics and relations to clinical judgement
Complementary and alternative medicine: scientific and ethical status, regulation, negligence, integration with orthodox medicine
Education in medical ethics, medical and health law, professionalism, medical humanities
Assessment of personal and professional behaviour of medical students
Statutory regulation of clinical competence and professional conduct