Main areas of interest
I have an interest in empirical bioethics and have developed a methodology for conducting empirical work in bioethics, symbiotic empirical ethics. I have used this to explore a number of topics notably ethical decision-making in the infertility clinic. I have participated in the Methodology in Empirical Bioethics: A Consensus Building Workshop, at the Foundation Brocher, Switzerland and regularly speak on methodological issues.
Symbiotic empirical ethics
Symbiotic empirical ethics is a practical research methodology for the inclusion of data from social science studies into ethical deliberation. This methodology is based on a naturalistic conception of ethical theory that sees practice as informing theory just as theory informs practice – the two are symbiotically related. From this engagement with practice, the ways that such theories need to be extended and developed can be determined. This is a practical methodology for integrating theory and practice that can be used in empirical studies, one that uses ethical theory both to explore the data and to draw normative conclusions.
Key publications in empirical bioethics
Frith, L. (2012) Symbiotic empirical ethics: a practical methodology, Bioethics, 26 (4) 198–206. PDF
Frith, L. Jacoby, A. Gabbay, M. (2011) Ethical Boundary Work in the Infertility Clinic, Sociology, Health and Illness, 33 (4) 570-585. PDF
Frith, L. (2010) Empirical ethics: a growing area of bioethics, Clinical Ethics, 5 51-53. PDF
Frith, L. (2009) Process and Consensus – Ethical Decision-Making in the Infertility Clinic: A Qualitative Study, Journal of Medical Ethics, 35 (11) 662-667. PDF
Full list of publications
For a full list of all my publications see the publications page of this website which includes links to full-text PDFs of most of my journal articles.
Alternatively see the list on Research Gate http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lucy_Frith. This does not contain links to full-text PDFs.