Live surgery at conferences - Clinical benefits and ethical dilemmas

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Live surgical broadcasts (LSBs) are becoming increasingly popular in urological conferences. These activities can provide excellent training opportunities, as they allow the audience to view an operation conducted by world-renowned surgeons, and have the ability to interact with them in real time. However, several ethical considerations have been raised with this practice, which the participating surgeons and conference organisers must appreciate and address carefully. In this article we highlight the ethical considerations related to LSBs and advise on how these should be addressed. We also present the latest recommendations made by the European Association of Urology Live Surgery Committee and discuss alternatives to LSB.




Philip-Watson, J., Khan, S. A. A., Hadjipavlou, M., Rane, A., & Knoll, T. (2014). Live surgery at conferences - Clinical benefits and ethical dilemmas. Arab Journal of Urology. Arab Association of Urology.

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