Fitzgerald Building, 150 College Street, Room 139
  • March 14, 2018 from 4:10pm to 5:30pm

Andria Bianchi, MA, PhD Candidate, Bioethicist, University Health Network, PhD Candidate, Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo; Rebecca Greenberg, RN, PhD, Bioethicist, The Hospital for Sick Children, Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

This paper explores the ethics of deceased directed donation (DDD) and brings a unique perspective to this issue – the relevance of providing family centred care and culturally sensitive care to deceased organ donors, potential recipients, and their families. The significance of providing family centred care is becoming increasingly prevalent, specifically in pediatric healthcare settings. Therefore, this topic is especially relevant to those working with diverse populations. As the world is becoming more diverse with globalization, assessing the cultural aspect of the ethics of DDD is increasingly salient. In this paper we 1) provide a brief overview of DDD across the globe, 2) review prominent arguments both for and against DDD, 3) consider family centred and culturally-specific considerations, and 4) offer considerations for the development of a policy or guideline. We determine that the practice of DDD is ethically defensible in certain circumstances and congruent with providing both family centred and culturally sensitive care. Our analysis is relevant to any country with a diverse population and any health care provider or institution that operates under a framework of family centred care.

This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration is required. It will also be webcast live via Adobe Connect.