Organizational Ethics in Health Care – CIHR-Funded Research Project

What is the purpose of the group?

The purpose of this Affiliate is to lead the development, distribution and analysis of a CIHR-funded national survey of Canadian health executives, managers, and ethicists affiliated with the Canadian Bioethics Society, Canadian College of Health Leaders, Accreditation Canada, Canadian Society of Physician Executives and the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses. The survey will be distributed to the members of these organizations in April 2012 and the findings will be disseminated to collaborating organizations in September 2012. Its specific objectives are:

  • to identify the key organizational ethics issues Canadian health organizations are facing, the strategies used to tackle these issues, and the key enablers and barriers to organizational ethics performance;

  • to investigate the role of health institution-based ethics programs in addressing organizational ethics issues; and

  • to build collaboration among Canadian researchers and health sector partners in organizational ethics.


What is the membership of the group?

Group membership is closed to the CIHR investigative team. The group will exist for the duration of the study, which has been funded from 2011-2013. Group members are as follows:

  • Jennifer Gibson, Principal Investigator/ Affiliate Group Lead (University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics)

  • Julie Amoroso, Project Coordinator (University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics)

  • Jean-Louis Denis (École Nationale d’Administration Publique)

  • Craig Mitton (School of Public & Population Health, University of British Columbia)

  • Paul Ritvo (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto)

  • Christy Simpson (Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie University)

  • Karima Velji (Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care)


How will the group communicate its findings with the CBS?

CBS members who complete the survey will be offered the opportunity to contact the Study Team to receive a copy of the results, which will be available in late summer/early fall 2012. Results will also be shared with members via the CBS update distribution list. CBS Board Members will receive a project briefing to report on study progress and to facilitate knowledge exchange on emerging findings with specific relevance to CBS. In year 2 of the study, the Study Team will consult the CBS Board to review the survey findings together, discuss future directions for research, and explore opportunities for translating the findings into practice.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Gibson.