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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

New publication by Markus Christen, Christian Ineichen and Carmen Tanner on "Moral Intelligence" in Clinical Practice

Markus Christen, Christian Ineichen and Carmen Tanner have published a new paper on "Moral Intelligence" in Clinical Practice.


The clinical routine confronts medical professionals regularly with ethical issues that need to be addressed together with patients and their close relatives. Thus, handling of ethical issues should be part of education and training of health care professionals, and this usually includes deliberation. Psychological skills are encouraged by this approach only indirectly. In this contribution, we introduce the concept of “moral intelligence” that integrates current knowledge of moral psychology with ethical considerations and defines moral competencies that may be the subject of diagnosis and training. Using moral sensitivity as an example, we outline how such skills can be made measurable, how they can be used for training in ethics and as tools for developing novel diagnostic instruments.


Markus Christen, Christian Ineichen, Carmen Tanner. "Moral Intelligence" in Clinical Practice, PRAXIS (2016), 105, pp. 1261-1266. DOI: 10.1024/1661-8157/a002494