Càtedra de Bioètica Fundació Grífols

Article in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (noti)

Article in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Chair of Bioethics publishes study of informed consent.

The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has published a research study by the Grífols Foundation Chair of Bioethics at the University of Vic. The article includes the key findings of a study into the need to obtain informed consent in writing from participants in pragmatic, low-risk clinical trials.


The research has been published online with open access. Read the article here.


The study has also been published at BMC Medical Research and European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

‘Towards a sustainable, ethically legitimate health system'

October 20, 2017

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October 20, 2017

Guillem López Casasnovas, Professor of Economics at Pompeu Fabra University, will give the keynote lecture as part of the Foundation's awards ceremony on 20 October. This lecture will address the allocation of resources in health systems.


Financial sustainability is not the main objective of public health provision. A far more important challenge is how to construct a solvent system that is capable of resolving health problems in the social contexts in which these problems arise, and which is based on sufficiently robust ethical principles. The criteria of need, responsibility and merit interact with those of productivity, utilitarianism and maximizing population health.


All of these considerations are reflected in how resources are ultimately allocated in health services, and the population needs to be actively involved in responses where costs are to be distributed differently. If we are unable to identify the logic that underlies one of these solutions, even the most financially sustainable system will – sooner or later – become ethically bankrupt.



Ateneu Barcelonès

20 October, 18:00.

c/ Canuda, 6 Barcelona



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Postgraduate course on Planning Advanced Decisions (PAD) (act)

November to June, Barcelona

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November to June, Barcelona

The Chairs of Bioethics and Palliative Care at UVIC have organized a postgraduate course on Planning Advanced Decisions (PAD) in people with advanced, chronic diseases. The course is designed to train professionals in the implementation of PAD, a key tool in care models for the chronically ill.


PAD is a methodological approach that seeks to help people express their values, wishes and preferences to care professionals with regard to decisions about their illness, particularly at times when people lose the capacity to express their wishes for themselves. Studies have identified a number of benefits of the PAD process for patients, although there are also a number of barriers to its implementation.


This postgraduate course aims to raise awareness among health professionals of the importance of PAD as part of the care process, facilitating the development of the communication skills and attitudes required to implement the PAD process successfully, and providing the knowledge and skills needed to collect and record information for PAD.



Location: Catalan Institute for Oncology (ICO)
Avinguda Granvia de l'Hospitalet , 199-203. 08908 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
Start: Friday 3 November 2017
End: Saturday 2 June 2017
Timetable: Friday, 09:00 to 14:00 and 15:30 to 20:30; Saturday, 09:00 to 15:00


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Bioethics awards and grants

Bioethics awards and grants

The jury of the Víctor Grífols i Lucas Foundation Bioethics Prizes and Grants has announced the winners of this year's awards.


Júlia Martin of the University of Barcelona for: "Horizons Project. Methodological proposal for gamification of hospital pedagogy, based on narrative bioethics and model of humanizing care for hospitalized minors."


To the team led by Beatriz Campillo of Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau for: "Constructing and determining psychometric properties of a questionnaire to evaluate perception of respect and maintenance of dignity in hospitalized patients."


Hugo Viciana of Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados (IESA-CSIC) for: "Modes of disagreement in Bioethics: the public and the experts."


Sabel Gabaldón of the University of Barcelona for: "Transsexuality in children and adolescents. Ethical aspects of classification and treatment."


Ion Arrieta of University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea for: "Psoriasis and executive autonomy: a proposal for improved patient compliance with psoriasis treatment."

To the team led by Christian Villavicencio of Caredoctors for: "Planning Advance Decisions (PAD) and communication in patients with chronic, complex illness and chronic, advanced illness."




First prize to "Ethical dilemmas of a long life" by Joana Krausse, student at Instituto Premià de Mar.


Second prize to "Bioethics and care homes for the elderly" by Sara Clota, student at Instituto Canigó de Almacelles.


Third prize for "Born out of necessity: bioethics of the medicine baby" by Wiam Koubissdel, student at Instituto Vinyes Velles, Barcelona.


Prize for the documentary "Només era un gos" (Just a dog) by Irene Domènech and Haydée Vila, produced by Mc Guffin Estudio Audiovisual.

Bioethics, a new discipline or applied ethics 2017 nov (act)

November 2-30, 2017

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November 2-30, 2017

The Official College of Physicians of Barcelona in collaboration with our Foundation offers a new bioethics introduction course for physicians, nurses and other health professionals.


Its aim is to convey the bioethics' principles and procedures in order to help them identify and face those conflicts they encounter in their daily work. Case discussion is the starting point to deal with issues such as human experimentation, decision-taking process in limit situations (euthanasia, sedation at the close of life…), genic therapy, stem cells, assisted reproduction techniques or resource distribution in the health care system.


The course will be coordinated by Dr. Màrius Morlans (CBC member) and was taught by Dr. Francisco Montero (Vall d'Hebron), Dr. Bernabé Robles (Sant Joan de Déu healthcare complex) and Dr. Sergio Ramos (University of Barcelona).


Free course. 20h.

Dates: Thursdays from 2 to 30 Novembre (5 sessions)

Schedule: 16.30h to 20.30h

Location: Centro de Estudios Colegiados (Collegiate Studies Center, Pg. Bonanova 47, Floor -1)

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