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NCCHPP & NCCID Webinar - Public Health Ethics: A Case in Infectious Disease Prevention and Control
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Framework of Values to Support Ethical Analysis of Public Health Actions. By Filitrault, F., Désy, M. and Leclerc, B. (2015). On the site of l'Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

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Olivier Bellefleur

Michael Keeling

Webinar - Public Health Ethics: A Case in Infectious Disease Prevention and Control
In this webinar, co-presented by NCCHPP and NCCID, participants discussed the evidence and ethics of a case involving the use of point-of-care testing to expand access to diagnostic technologies for infectious disease in remote or northern communities.
January 2017.  DescriptionPPT   2.6 MB.  Recording 1 Hour - Adobe Presenter. 

Presenters: Dr. Nitika Pant Pai, Assistant professor at McGill University, and researcher at McGill University Health Centre
Dr. Mohammad Khan, Medical Health Officer, Kelsey Trail Health Region, Saskatchewan.
Michael Keeling and Olivier Bellefleur, Research Officers at the NCCHPP 

The webinar, co-presented by the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy and the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases ,was held on Tuesday January 24, 2017. It featured a case involving point-of-care HIV testing in remote or northern communities and highlighted evidence, implementation challenges and ethics. This webinar was 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 was 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 bagan the discussion by outlining a case for consideration and then anchored 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 turned our attention to considering the ethical issues raised by the case. To do this, we presented an ethics framework in order to guide ethical deliberation in which participants were able to:

  • 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.

Public Health Ethics: A Case in Infectious Disease
Prevention and Control
65 slides
 2.6 MB

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Duration: 1 Hour. Format: Adobe Presenter

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This was 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.

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