Anna T. Höglund new adviser to the Vice-Chancellor for equal treatment
[2014-09-09] Anna T. Höglund, Associate Professor of Ethics and Senior Lecturer in Nursing Ethics and Gender Studies is the new adviser to the Vice-Chancellor for equal treatment.
- I am honored and excited to be appointed adviser to the Vice Chancellor. I believe equal opportunities are important issues for the University. It is a question of democracy, but also a question of taking care of every employee's competence.
Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's advisers >
Want to do research on integrity?
[2014-09-09] Integrity is a commonly used but complex concept. In some cases, violating integrity can be acceptable, but what to people consider an acceptable violation? You could be the one who finds out!
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences) is currently advertising three Flexit-positions as in-house researcher. One of the positions is at the Swedish Agency for Health and Care Services Analysis.
Vårdanalys wants a study on how societys' need for health and population data should be weighed against the integrity of groups and individuals.
You will also be part of the research environment at CRB.
All information about this position is in Swedish.
Application deadline: September 29
Telenursing challenges inequalities
[2014-09-05] Have you ever consulted a nurse on the phone? In most Western societies, chances are you have. And especially in Sweden where the entire country is connected to Swedish Healthcare Direct (SHD), or '1177'. But what happens in the call? And could telenursing challenge inequalities in health care?
The Swedish '1177' service is there to make health care more efficient, accessible and safe for patients. But research has shown that who you are can affect the advice you get and to what extent you use the service. The callers’ gender, age, ethnicity and socio-economic status have been reported to have an impact on what happens in the call, and whether it is made in the first place.
In a study from Uppsala University, Roya Hakimnia, Inger K. Holmström, Marianne Carlsson and Anna T. Höglund analyzed 20 calls made to 1177. Their analysis confirmed what previous research has shown. Callers who didn't speak Swedish very well had difficulties using the service. Some calls focused on gate keeping, with the nurse trying to decide what level of health care the caller needed. Another group of calls was focused on medicine, while a third was categorized as 'doing gender'.
According to the authors, telenursing could potentially challenge inequalities in health care. Through better awareness of gender biases and the callers’ different resources for making themselves heard, the communication might become more equal and better suitable for all callers.
Read article in the International Journal of Qualitiative Studies on Health and Well-being: Exploring the communication between telenurse and caller - A critical discourse analysis
Talking to patients that can't talk to us
[2014-09-02] There are several medical conditions that restrict or prevent consciousness. Patients with chronic coma, minimally conscious state and persistent vegetative states represent a range of changes in self-awareness. But how can we tell the difference?
Michele Faricso has analysed the recent accomplishments in neurotechnological assessments of residual consciousness in patients who can't communicate verbally. He has also looked at the neurotechnology used to mediate communication with these patients.
He has written a chapter in Current Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience together with Stephen Laureys and Kathinka Evers. According to them we need more scientific efforts in neurotechnological assessment of consciousness and ‘cerebral communication’ with verbally non-communicative patients. But there is also a great need for ethical reflections.
The development of these technologies give rise to a number of ethical questions. What if they don't work and the diagnosis is wrong? What if we over- or underestimate the patient's quality of life? What if we make decisions on presumtions that are not true? The authors focus particularly on the issue of informed consent: Is it even possible for a patient with altered awareness to give his or her consent to attempts at cerebral communication?
Plagiarism: a major problem for research
[2014-08-20] Plagiarism is a growing problem in the academic world. New cases are reported on every day and it makes up a substantial number of the misconduct cases we know of. But what counts as plagiarism? And is it always serious?
New cases of plagiarism are reported regularly, sometimes involving very prominent persons. Many investigations of possible misconduct by plagiarism are performed every year, hundreds of them in Sweden alone. But there is still uncertainty about exactly what it means to plagiarize or whether it in fact can sometimes be excused.
According to Gert Helgesson and Stefan Eriksson, plagiarism can never be considered only a question about how many words of one text is repeated in another. In a recent article in Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, they suggest that we should understand plagiarism as “someone using someone else’s intellectual product (such as texts, ideas, or results), thereby implying that it is their own”. Read more
Save the date: Epigenetics as the meeting point between nature and nurture
We welcome you to a multidisciplinary workshop on Epigenetics to explore the potential for multidisciplinary research initiatives
Sessions on the early development phase, nutrition, pharmacology, mental disorders and the social contexts
When: 19-20 March 2015, Uppsala, Sweden.
Where: Uppsala University main building
Confirmed speakers include: Marco Boks, Eero Castren Jean-Pierre Changeux, Robert Erikson, Kathinka Evers, Mats G. Hansson, Christina Hultman, Eva Jablonka, Juha Kere, Hugo Lagercrantz, Bertie Lumey, Christopher Murgatroyd, Helen Neville, Gísli Pálsson, Elisabeth Radford, Bart Rutten, Dietmar Spengler, David St Clair and Denny Vågerö
ETHICS BLOG: Summer, sweet summer!
[2014-06-17] Summer is here! The sun is sometimes shining. There is the occasional rain. And very once in a while there is something new on the Ethics Blog.
This summer we will start a new blog project: turning digital into print.The blog will become book and at the end of the year you will be able to read a selection of texts on paper.