Below is a selected bibliography of articles and books related to clinical ethics. To view a list of resources, click on a topic of interest. Links are provided to article abstracts. Articles marked with an (***) have a full text version accessible for free. 


Decision Making Capacity

  • Jonsen, A. R., Siegler, M., & Winslade, W. J. (2010). Decisional Capacity. In Clinical ethics: A practical approach to ethical decisions in clinical medicine (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Lo, B. (2013). Resolving ethical dilemmas: A guide for clinicians (5th ed.). Baltimore, MD: Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins.

Informed Consent

  • Berger, J. T. (2005). Ignorance Is Bliss? Ethical Considerations in Therapeutic Nondisclosure. Cancer Investigation23(1), 94–98.
  • Brody, H. (1989). Transparency: informed consent in primary care. Hastings Center Report19(5), 5–9.
  • Hall, D. E., Prochazka, A. V., & Fink, A. S. (2012). Informed consent for clinical treatment. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal184(5), 533–540. 
  • Meisel A, & Kuczewski M. (1996). Legal and ethical myths about informed consent. Archives of Internal Medicine156(21), 2521–2526.

Surrogate Decision Making

Advance Directives

  • Auriemma, C. L., Nguyen, C. A., Bronheim, R., Kent, S., Nadiger, S., Pardo, D., & Halpern, S. D. (2014). Stability of End-of-Life Preferences: A Systematic Review of the Evidence. JAMA Internal Medicine174(7), 1085–1092. 
  • Brett, A. S. (1991). Limitations of Listing Specific Medical Interventions in Advance Directives. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association266(6), 825. 

End-of-Life Decision Making