Kapiriri at McMaster, East African Health Ethics

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The Hamilton Science and Faith Forum and the CSCA are happy to present a public lecture by Dr. Lydia Kapiriri (Associate Professor, Dept. of Health, Aging and Society, McMaster University).

“Ethical challenges in clinical decision-making in the era of new technologies: Experiences from a low-income country”

New technologies have remarkably changed healthcare over the last three decades by improving the functionality and efficiency of systems and patient outcomes. However, if not well managed, new technologies present ethical challenges to clinicians, especially in low-income countries where lack of resources may serve to increase existing health inequities. This presentation, based on the presenter’s experience working as a clinician in Uganda and empirical qualitative research findings, will discuss the ethical challenges that frontline health care providers face when making bedside decisions. These challenges relate to patients, clinicians, and their decision making contexts including the meso-, macro-levels and global levels. Addressing these challenges requires concerted efforts at all levels, ensuring that decisions are guided by ethical values such as equity and fairness as opposed to potential for “personal” gains.

Lydia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine from Makerere University, Uganda,  Masters degrees in Public Health (Royal Tropical Institute) and in Medicine, Public Health (Makerere University, and a PhD from the University of Bergen, Norway. She was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. Her research includes health systems and global health research, and ethical issues in public and global health.

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