Psychiatric and Psychotherapy Ethics (PAPE) Research Group

The PAPE Research group at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine investigates ethical challenges within the vast fields of psychiatry, psychotherapy, and their intersections to other medical specialties (especially to palliative care), law, society, and technology. In most of our research projects, we combine empirical with conceptual/ethical/philosophical approaches.


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Current Pape projects

Decision-making capacity / Decisional competence / Capacity for self-determination
Informed consent in psychotherapy
The Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics
Telepsychiatry and online psychotherapy
“Good” treatment
Clinical ethics support and its effects on coercion in psychiatry
Assisted dying for persons with mental illness
Psychiatry in Palliative Care
Palliative Psychiatry
Video surveillance of psychiatric units
Ethics of reimbursement models in psychiatry

PAPE research group leader is PD Dr. med. Dr. phil. Manuel Trachsel, Senior Research Fellow at the IBME and head of the Clinical Ethics Unit at the University Hospital of Basel, the University Psychiatric Clinics Basel, and the Geriatric University Clinic FELIX PLATTER Basel, Switzerland.

Currently, Manuel Trachsel, Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno, two research fellows (Jan Schürmann, Charlotte Wetterauer), four PhD students (Sophie Gloeckler, Tania Manriquez Roa, Jana Selakova, Tobias Zürcher), and two MD doctoral students (Julia Stoll, Raphael Singh) are involved in PAPE research projects along with collaborators of several national and international universities. 

Former members of the group are Martina Hodel, Helena Hermann, Violette Corre and Yahel Appenzeller

Publications are usually associated to one of the nine research projects; non-attributed publications are available here.