E-modules

Our online modules offer an interactive and immersive learning experience that includes a series of short role-play videos, quizzes and a resource library of relevant materials. These are usually paired with face-to-face practicums, allowing participants to apply what they have learnt in the online modules.

If you are interested in using our e-modules for educational purposes, request for access here.

  • CLINICAL ETHICS TOPICS
  • RESEARCH ETHICS TOPICS

Ethical Principles and Methods

The learning objectives of this module are to appreciate the nature of ethical questions and the need for distinctive principles and methodologies to resolve ethical dilemmas in the clinical setting. You will understand the four core principles of biomedical ethics and assess cases using the fourbox methodology.

 

Consent and Capacity

The learning objectives of this module are to understand the types and fundamental elements of consent, so that healthcare professionals can navigate the challenges of obtaining consent in a practical manner. The capacity continuum and the issues that arise in securing consent when a person’s capacity changes are explored.

 

End of Life

The learning objectives of this module are to develop an awareness and understanding of the key ethical issues that arise when the patient is nearing the end of life. It explains the importance of clear and honest communication between the healthcare team, the patient and the patient’s loved ones, and discussing the patient’s goals of care.

 

Communication and Documentation

The learning objectives of this module are to appreciate the ethical context for appropriate communication with patients and their loved ones, maintaining privacy and confidentiality and using decision-making tools, such as advance care plans. Learners will appreciate that ethical practice is facilitated by clear, honest, compassionate communication with patients.

 

Other Contextual Concerns

The learning objectives of this module are to appreciate that there may be specific factors that impact on the assessment of an ethical dilemma. Such contextual factors discussed in this module include resource limitations, conflicts of interest, use of restraints and personal values, spirituality and religion.

 

Additionally, for members of Clinical Ethics Committees:

 

The Role and Function of Clinical Ethics Committees

The learning objectives of this module are to understand the purpose and framework under which CECs operate, describe their composition, explain how CECs should review cases, evaluate the extent of patient involvement, and review the different approaches to evaluating CEC work.

Introduction to Research Ethics

As the name suggests, this is an introductory module, and we suggest that you start here if you are relatively new to research ethics. It offers an overview on the history and evolution of research ethics, the guiding ethical principles, scientific analysis and ethics review, research regulation and the work of the institutional review board (IRB).

 

Core Ethics 1: Consent and Confidentiality

The learning objectives of this module are to understand the ethical principle of Respect for Persons in the research ethics context. Learners will appreciate the ethical basis of consent and confidentiality. Aspects covered include types of consent, coercion, deception, return of incidental findings, and steps to protect research subjects’ privacy and confidentiality.

 

Core Ethics 2: Proportionality, Justice and Solidarity

The learning objectives of this module are to understand the ethical principles of Proportionality, Justice and Solidarity. Learners will understand how to weigh up the risks and benefits, identify and manage conflicts of interest, and consider matters of justice, such as fair recruitment of research subjects.

 

Human Biomedical Research Act (HBRA) 1

The learning objectives of this module are to understand the scope of the HBRA, and how the HBRA regulates privacy and confidentiality. Learners will be able to determine which studies fall under the new law, and understand how the research subject’s privacy and confidentiality should be protected.

 

Human Biomedical Research Act (HBRA) 2

The learning objectives of this module are to understand consent and waivers of consent, coercion, deception, and misrepresentation, as regulated under the HBRA. Learners will be able to understand the requirements of each to apply in their practice reviewing research protocols, and as Researchers.

 

Clinical Trials

The learning objectives of this module are to understand what a clinical trial is, understand how they are regulated, including the distinction between therapeutic products and medicinal products, appreciate the ethical standards that apply, and understand how the consent process should be managed.

 

General Laws and Regulations

The learning objectives of this module are to explain the elements of valid consent in the common law, describe the regulations governing consent for adults lacking capacity to make decisions, explain the key features of the Personal Data Protection Act, the law on confidentiality and international ethics guidelines.