Interaction between Society and Medical Ethics in Saudi Arabia

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  • 1 King Saudi Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences aaalsayyyari@gmail.com
  • 2 Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation fhejaili@yahoo.com
  • 3 King Saudi Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences famshaheen@gmail.com
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Abstract

Discussions on bioethical issues within the Saudi society are a relatively new development. However, they have taken increasing importance over the last two decades. This accompanied the massive advances in medical care, the beginning of medical and biological research, the establishment of pharmaceutical companies and the exposure of society to international norms. By and large the driving forces of the need for bioethical discourses are the practical needs arising from these recent developments in our region rather than that being due to theoretical or academic investigation. In this article, we discuss issues related to the interaction between society and medical ethics in Saudi Arabia with particular reference to organ transplantation ethics.

Contributor Notes

Abdulla Al Sayyari is Professor of Medicine at King Saudi Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences and his research interests are kidney diseases, medical bioethics and patient-centeredness. E-mail: aaalsayyyari@gmail.com

Faissal Shaheen is Associate Professor of Medicine at King Saudi Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. His research interests are kidney transplantation and organ procurement. E-mail: famshaheen@gmail.com

Fayez Hejaili is Director General of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation and researches on kidney failure, dialysis and medical education. E-mail: fhejaili@yahoo.com

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