The Center for Bioethics and Humanities is entering an exciting new phase of growth and is greatly expanding our research enterprise though the hiring of new faculty, adding research support staff, developing an empirical research-focused post-doctoral training program, and expanding our educational offerings in the areas of research methods, research ethics and academic scholarship.
Research issues and topics that are of interest and relevance include, but are not limited to, ethical issues associated with: shared decision making, informed consent, methods for engaging patients and other stakeholders, use of narrative methods for teaching and practice, stewardship of health care resources, physician professionalism, public health ethics, big data, assessment of value, measurement of the ethical climate in organizations, transplant ethics, genetics, and end of life care. Topics of special interest in the state of Colorado and at the University recently include those around medical aid in dying, legalization of recreational marijuana and nuances of inter-professional team-based training.
The Greenwall Foundation selected CBH Research Director Eric Campbell, PhD, for one of six "Making A Difference," grants for, A Novel Methodology to Explore Bioethics Issues in Physician Aid-in-Dying (PAD). PAD is a highly contentious issue in bioethics and health policy today. Data on physicians’ experiences and assessment of key bioethical issues in PAD derive from small, qualitative studies rather than from quantitative studies due to high costs of large physician surveys and concerns about anonymity. We aim to develop and test a novel efficient, low cost, anonymous methodology to facilitate bioethics-related physician surveys. This study will result in generalizable findings that bring bioethics into policy and decision-making processes about PAD. Greenwall Foundation Grant details >>
Funded by the NIH / National Institute of Nursing Research as a supplement award to the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC)’s U2C (Grant No. 3U2CNR014637-07S2), Drs. Kutner (PI) and DeCamp (Co-I) were awarded a one-year grant titled “Engaging
patients, family members and caregivers in end-of-life and palliative
care research: Addressing the bioethical challenges.”
Dr. Matthew DeCamp is the lead and qualitative expert on this project.
The Center has productive inter-professional relationships in place that focus on teaching, scholarship, and cutting-edge research; we hope to foster and extend those partnerships to create a world class empirical research enterprise in bioethics and the health humanities.
We also provide a free Research Ethics Consult Service sponsored by the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI).
If you have any questions about the ongoing or future research initiatives at the Center for Bioethics and Humanites, please email our Director of Research, Eric G. Campbell, PhD.