Ethical Counselling and Medical Decision-Making in the Era of Personalised Medicine

A Practice-Oriented Guide

  • Giovanni Boniolo
  • Virginia Sanchini

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs on Ethical and Legal Issues in Biomedicine and Technology book sub series (ELIBT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alma Linkeviciute, Virginia Sanchini
      Pages 3-12
    3. Giovanni Boniolo, Virginia Sanchini
      Pages 13-20
    4. Giovanni Boniolo, Virginia Sanchini
      Pages 21-27
    5. Luana Colloca, Yvonne Nestoriuc
      Pages 29-37
    6. Marco Annoni
      Pages 39-48
    7. Giovanni Boniolo, David Teira Serrano
      Pages 49-62
  3. Ethical Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Paolo Maugeri
      Pages 65-75
    3. Luca Chiapperino
      Pages 77-88
    4. Maria Damjanovicova
      Pages 89-95
    5. Alma Linkeviciute, Fedro Alessandro Peccatori
      Pages 97-104
    6. Giulia Ferretti
      Pages 105-113
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 115-117

About this book


This book offers an overview of the main questions arising when biomedical decision-making intersects ethical decision-making. It reports on two ethical decision-making methodologies, one addressing the patients, the other physicians. It shows how patients’ autonomous choices can be empowered by increasing awareness of ethical deliberation, and at the same time it supports healthcare professionals in developing an ethical sensitivity, which they can apply in their daily practice.

The book highlights the importance and relevance of practicing bioethics in the age of personalized medicine. It presents concrete cases studies dealing with cancer and genetic diseases, where difficult decisions need to be made by all the parties involved:  patients, physicians and families. Decisions concern not only diagnostic procedures and treatments, but also moral values, religious beliefs and ways of seeing life and death, thus adding further layers of complexity to biomedical decision-making. This book, which is strongly rooted in the philosophical tradition, features non-directive counseling and patient-centeredness. It provides a concise yet comprehensive and practice-oriented guide to decision-making in modern healthcare.


Reproductive Choices and Genetic Diseases Oncofertility and Cancer Treatment During Pregnancy Understanding Probability Incidental Findings Informed Decisions and Consent Emotions and Decisions Patient Communication Patient Empowerment Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment Participatory Oncology Participatory Medicine Moral Decisions

Editors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Boniolo
    • 1
  • Virginia Sanchini
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche e ChiUniversity of FerraraFerraraItaly
  2. 2.Department of Experimental OncologyEuropean Institute of Oncology (IEOMilanItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-27688-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-27690-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-530X
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5318
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