Research

The John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre's faculty, adjunct members and students perform interdisciplinary research and investigate health ethics research in areas such as clinical practice, compassion, compassion fatigue, disability ethics, end of life care, gender issues, health policy, human rights, informed consent, mental health, moral distress, neonatology-perinatology, public health, relational ethics, reproduction, and transplant ethics.

The interdisciplinary research is funded by a number of organizations such as the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC), Alberta Cancer Legacy Fund. Some current projects are listed below:

Alberta Cancer Legacy Fund, Alberta Health Services Increasing Albertans’ Access to Medical Care for Tobacco Addiction:  Developing and Implementing a Shared Care Model to Integrate evidence-based Treatment into Primary Care Physicians’ Daily Practice. $1 000 000. Principal Investigator: Charl Els, Co-Investigator: Diane Kunyk, John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)  Addressing Disparities in Maternal Health Care in Pakistan: Gender, Class and Exclusion  $452,000. (2009-2019). Principal Investigator: Zubia Mumtaz, University of Alberta, Co-Investigator: Laura Shanner, John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Health Services and Policy Ethics Catalyst Grant $81,122. (2008-2012). Principal Investigator: Dick Sobsey, John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Operating Grant Experience and Resolution of Moral Distress in Pediatric Intensive Care Teams: A Canadian Perspective – $146,726. (2007-2012). Principal Investigator: Wendy Austin, John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Community-University Research Alliance Program – Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada – $1,000,000. (2010-2015). Principal Investigator: Rob Wilson, University of Alberta, Co-Investigator: Dick Sobsey, John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Standard Research Grant  “Compassion Fatigue” As Experienced By Canadian Health Professionals  – (2007-2011).  Principal Investigator: Wendy Austin, John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre.