ESRC Ebola Project


Organizational Partner: ESRC Ebola Project, Medicine, Ethics, Society & History Unit, University of Birmingham
PI: Heather Draper, Professor of Biomedical Ethics
Catherine Hale, Senior lecturer in Medical Law & Ethics
Simon Jenkins, Research Fellow
Preferred contact: Cathy Hale
Key Words: Resident in: UK, Working in: UK, Area(s) of Interest in VBP: Policy/other/Humanitarian Crisis, Research/philosophy, Research/other/Military Medical Ethics, Research/other/Public Health Ethics, Research/Healthcare Ethics; Related Area(s) of Interest: Evidence-based practice, Ethics, Health economics, Medical humanities, Human Rights, International law; Area(s) of healthcare expertise: Global health, Humanitarian Crisis, Healthcare Ethics, Ebola Pandemic
Brief Description of Work: This project will explore through detailed interviews the ethical challenges that faced UK Military Medical personnel (including nurses, doctors and allied health professionals) who were deployed to the recent Ebola epidemic. It will also develop and evaluate training materials based on clinical case studies that are typified by a conflict of ethical values. The aim of these materials is to help both military and civilian humanitarian healthcare workers anticipate and meet ethical challenges more effectively in the future. Our research is funded by the ESRC (Ref ES/M011763/1), under its Urgency Grants Mechanism pilot, and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine.
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