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Health, governance and accountability in embryo research: couples decisions about the fates of embryos

Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto
Project classification

Scientific area

3.3 Health sciences

Discipline(s)

Medical ethics

Project description

Project title

Health, governance and accountability in embryo research: couples decisions about the fates of embryos

Scientific Coordinator's name:

Susana Manuela Ribeiro Dias da Silva

Scientific Coordinator's e-mail:

susilva08@gmail.com

Principal R&D Unit:

Unidade de Investigação e Desenvolvimento Cardiovascular

Other R&D Units involved in the project:

-

Project keyword(s)

embryo research ethics

Short abstract and comments

The central question guiding this study is the following one: what is the repertoire of perceptions, concerns, and understandings actualised by the IVF couples in the decision process regarding the fate of embryos? The specific objectives of this project are the following: 1. To indicate broad patterns of IVF couples social, demographic, psychological, medical and treatment characteristics. 2. To identify the views, values, and knowledge actualised by IVF couples to understand the moral status of human embryos in order to decide on their fate. 3. To analyse how the processes of evaluation and classification of the embryos? quality and viability led by experts impact on those couples? decision regarding the fate of embryos. 4. To explore the IVF couples? discourses on the expectations, uncertainties, and responsibilities associated to reproductive technologies. 5. To study the repertoire of citizenship rights and obligations actualised by IVF couples in their decisions as to the fate of embryos. Drawing on hospital-based survey and in depth interviews with couples involved in IVF?s, this project will contribute to produce knowledge that can be mobilized in several debates, namely: juridical, legal an bioethical discussions around the research on human embryos, their cryopreservation and their donation; IVF?s safety management, efficacy, and quality; good practices procedures regarding the counseling of the couples? decision processes as to the fate of embryos.

Potential uses/indications

Juridical, legal an bioethical discussions around the research on human embryos, their cryopreservation and their donation; IVF safety management, efficacy, and quality; good practices procedures regarding the counseling of the couples? decision processes as to the fate of embryos.

Status

Ongoing

Partner Status: Seeking Partners?

No

Project weblink

http://www.ispup.up.pt/index.php?cid=Projectos&lang=en&proj_id=63

Grant number (QREN, FP7, Eureka, etc)

PTDC/CS-ECS/110220/2009

Last edited on

2013-07-03 13:04:21

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