This study will examine what factors enhance, or undermine, researchers’ ability to maintain honesty in the ways in which they conduct research. It will take place within a set of research centers, where scientists who do laboratory work are expected to collaborate with researchers who conduct human studies. Findings will help to improve professional education of scientists and enhance research integrity among scientists.
PainLink was a virtual community of health professionals working in institutions committed to alleviating pain. An initiative of Education Development Center, Inc., PainLink was established in 1995 with funding from The Mayday Fund of New York City, which funded PainLink through 1999. From 1995 through 2001, EDC’s PainLink staff worked with staff in over 60 hospitals and nursing homes.
CAE edited and managed this international peer-reviewed journal, which was an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Last Acts Task Force on Institutional Innovation. The journal reached more than 8,000 health care providers each month and featured thematic issues that highlighted promising practices and expert commentary.
The Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care (IPPC) was launched in 1998 as a research, quality improvement, and education effort aimed at enhancing family-centered care for children living with life-threatening conditions. Using a retreat format, IPPC addresses the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that health care professionals need to better serve children and their families.
EDC has provided support to the Veterans Administration National Center for Ethics in Health Care for their IntegratedEthics Initiative. This initiative focuses on ensuring that the VA’s health care practices are consistent with widely accepted ethical standards, norms, and expectations for conduct.
EDC staff created the learning design and executed the development of workshop materials, print, video, and online tools to support and sustain this major organizational change program. IntegratedEthics workshops have been delivered on a regional and Veteran Integrated Service Networks level.
Exploring Bioethics is a curriculum supplement developed by EDC and the National Institutes of Health that is helping high school students explore such thorny issues as genetic testing and organ transplantation.
In health care institutions throughout the United States, ethical dilemmas have historically been dealt with on a case-by-case basis, often leaving health care workers overwhelmed and confused about what care protocol they should follow. To infuse a clear and consistent process for ethical decision-making, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) will soon incorporate an “integrated ethics program” throughout its system, which is the largest health care system in the United States.
Every medical student receives training in the scientific causes of death, but few are prepared for the emotional challenge of caring for dying patients. Ready or Not, a new video and EDC Study Guide, gives medical schools a powerful tool to introduce students to high-quality end-of-life care.
It is fitting that Mildred Solomon named the book she edited The
Diagnostic Teacher. In her two decades of work at EDC, she has
researched and designed numerous professional education programs
for teachers and health care professionals.
About 65,000 U.S. patients are waiting for transplantskidneys, hearts, livers, and lungsto save or improve their lives. More than 4,000 patientsor 12-13 each daywaiting last year died because of the critical shortage of transplantable organs.