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The Health Care Ethics Studies

This website provides information, resources, and research updates generated through various studies in the following areas:

  • Patient Safety in Rural Healthcare Settings. This 4 year study, funded by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) was created to examine the relationship among working conditions in rural hospitals, access to ethics-related resources, and development of best practices for improving patient safety.
  • Bioethics in Rural Healthcare Settings. These studies were created to examine the ethical issues that develop in rural healthcare settings and design resources that respond to them. Studies were funded through grants from The Rockefeller Brothers Fund/Charles E. Culpeper Foundation and the Greenwall Foundation.
  • Ethics and Environmental Health. This 5 year initiative, funded by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), was created to increase community knowledge of the inter-play between gene-environment interactions associated with asbestos related diseases. Grant activities were primarily conducted in the community of Libby, MT but resources were widely disseminated.
  • Exploring the Consent Process: Perspectives of IRB Members and Rural Research Participants. This 2 year study examines the process of monitoring and obtaining informed consent from human subjects. The examination focuses on two distinct populations: IRB members and research participants.
Photos courtesy of Dudley Dana, Dana Gallery