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National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) et al. - Public Health Ethics: A Case in Infectious Disease Prevention and Control

Topics: Contaminants and Hazards, Communicable & Infectious Diseases, Practices and Procedures Location: General, Canada

The webinar, co-presented by the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy and the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases, will feature a case involving point-of-care testing in remote or northern communities and will highlight evidence, implementation challenges and ethics. This webinar is intended to be of interest for public health specialists (including medical officers of health, program coordinators, physicians and nurses) as well as for a general audience.

Our goal is to explore the ethical issues related to expanding access to point-of-care (POC) diagnostic technologies in Canada to improve testing coverage and reduce delays to treatment for infectious diseases in northern/remote communities. We will begin the discussion by outlining a case for consideration and then anchor it with a brief review of the evidence and key challenges regarding the implementation of POC testing programs in remote or northern regions. Then we will turn our attention to considering the ethical issues raised by the case. To do this, we will present an ethics framework in order to guide ethical deliberation in which participants will:

  • Identify ethical values and issues that are pertinent to the case,
  • Consider how some conflicts may arise between values,
  • Think about how to balance those conflicts in order to decide what needs to be done.

This will be the second in a series of webinars presented by the NCCHPP in collaboration with our colleagues at the NCCs for public health. This series focuses on combining evidence and ethics to improve decision making in diverse sectors of public health practice. Our goal is to help practitioners to incorporate ethical perspectives into their everyday practices, including longer-term decision-making, with webinars designed to be relevant for practitioners and decision makers in the various areas served by the different NCCs.

Event DateJan 24, 2017
14:00 to 15:00
Posted by NCCEHJan 17, 2017
Location TypeOnline
Location: Canada