Research grants




Las nuevas maternidades y paternidades, las ‘nuevas formas’ de tener hijos y sus implicaciones éticas (New maternities and paternities: the ‘new ways’ of having children and their ethical implications)

Mª del Carmen Gete-Alonso y Calera and Judith Solé Resina, Autonomous University of Barcelona

This project proposes that we need a new, wider legal meaning of the term ‘progenitor', one which goes beyond biological parents to include other people who are directly involved in creating a new life. This would open the door to the drafting of new laws to cover all the realities that need to be taken into account.


Pacientes agentes. Repensar la autonomía del paciente desde una perspectiva fiduciaria (Patients as agents. Rethinking patient autonomy from a fiduciary perspective)

Jordi Mundó Blanch, University of Barcelona

The general objective of this project is to study the application of the trust structure to the doctor–patient professional relationship, and to examine the bioethical consequences associated with this model. The project also aims to promote reflection on the institutional application of this research, which seeks to recognize and promote patient autonomy.


Evaluación de la influencia de la implementación de programas de donación en asistolia controlada en los cuidados a final de la vida (Evaluating the influence of the implementation of donation programmes in controlled asystole in end of life care)

Alberto Sandiumenge Camps, Vall d'Hebron University Hospital

This project is designed to identify the frequency and point of application of end of life care in critical patients, analyzing the type and characteristics of Limitations on Life Support Techniques (LLST) in ICUs, with the main objective of evaluating the impact, moment and profile of patients to which LLSTs are applied.


La ética de las técnicas de remplazo mitocondrial para tratar la infertilidad (The ethics of mitochondrial replacement techniques to treat infertility)

César Palacios González, Oxford University

This project focuses on the need to undertake bioethical analysis of the application of Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques, a treatment that was initially developed to prevent mitochondrial DNA diseases but has also been used to treat fertility problems, despite the lack of scientific evidence to support its efficacy.


Sensibilidad moral de estudiantes de enfermería de grado y posgrado (Moral sensibility of undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students)

Team led by María F. Jiménez Herrera, Rovira i Virgili University

This project takes as its starting point the fact that, during the academic education of nursing students, insufficient attention is paid to the ethical view of the discipline. The aim is to promote the creation of instruments to assist with the design of educational interventions to increase ethical competencies and sensitivity in nursing practice.


Pluralismo y muerte: Desafíos éticos y actitudes de los profesionales en relación a la diversidad de criterios en la determinación de la muerte (Pluralism and death: ethical challenges and attitudes of professionals with respect to the diversity of criteria when determining death)

Team led by Gonzalo Díaz Cobacho and Alberto Molina Pérez, University of Granada

The main objective of this study is to open up a new line of bioethics research into the diversity of definitions and criteria when determining death. The study seeks to explore the theoretical justification for and ethical challenges raised by this diversity, and to evaluate its potential impact on society and on health professionals with respect to organ donation and transplants.



Barreras en la gestión del documento de voluntades anticipadas y planificación de decisiones anticipadas en servicios de urgencias y emergencias médicas. (Obstacles in the management of the advance directive and advance decision planning document in medical emergency services.)

Team led by Silvia Poveda

Silvia Poveda, Fundació Sanitària Mollet.


This project seeks to analyse knowledge of and attitudes towards the Advance Directives Document (ADD) and Advance Decision Planning (ADP) by health professionals in the Emergency Health Services. The research will focus on the ethical conflict that may arise from health professionals' difficulties in both identifying and implementing advance directives.


Research team: Anna Falcó, Mireia Vicente, Dolors Rodríguez, Itziar De Lecuona and Pere Sánchez

La reconciliación después del error médico: la mediación como herramienta de ayuda a las víctimas. (Reconciliation after medical errors: mediation as a tool to help victims.)

Priscila Giraldo
Priscila Giraldo, Institut Hospital del Mar d'Investigacions Mèdiques.
The main objective of this project is to develop a mediation programme designed to provide reconciliation following medical errors, aimed both at patients (the primary victim) and at health professionals (the secondary victim).

Reflexiones éticas sobre la representación del cuidado del ser humano en el cine. (Ethical reflections on the representation of human care in the cinema.)

Mònica Sumoy
Mònica Sumoy, Universitat Rovira i Virgili.
This study focuses on how human suffering is portrayed on the screen; how the individual who is suffering responds to the events and people that may in some way influence their state of suffering and thus affect the progress of their condition. It also seeks to compare the treatment of care and affection in the cinema with the way these are treated in real life.

La Ética de la ignorancia y la ética de incertidumbre. Elementos para comprender y prevenir la iatrogenia. (The ethics of ignorance and the ethics of uncertainty. Elements to understand and prevent iatrogenics.)

Andreu Segura
Andreu Segura is an epidemiologist and a specialist in public health.
This project explores whether it is possible to reduce the harm associated with medical and health practice, by promoting caution as a core value for health professionals. The aim is to provide information and to identify criteria as a basis for designing more extensive research into values and attitudes in professional training and practice.

Puesta en marcha de un proceso de planificación de decisiones anticipadas en pacientes con trastorno mental severo en un centro de salud mental (Implementing a process for planning advance directives in patients with severe mental disorder at a mental health centre) - CANCELED PROJECT-

Team led by Albert Granero

Alberto Granero, University of Barcelona

This project seeks to evaluate the process of evaluating the planning of advance directives in patients with severe mental disorders, by monitoring various structural, process and results indicators over a 2-year period. It aims to define the communication and relational process involved in planning an advance directive, and to promote the use of such tools.


Research team: Albert Granero, Miríam Santamaría, Pablo Hernando, Siddarta Acebillo, Igor Merodio, Montserrat Carmona y Alejandra Rubio



Uso ético de las redes sociales en el caso de los trastornos de conducta alimentaria (Ethical use of social media in the case of eating disorders) - CANCELED PROJECT-

Ana Mª González

Ana M. González, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

This project explores messages and interactions between users of web platforms and social media related to eating disorders, with the aim of expanding our knowledge of which visual and text messages have the most impact and exercise the most influence. We hope to improve guidelines for sharing information designed to combat gender stereotypes and risky eating behaviours.





Psoriasis and executive autonomy: a proposal for improved patient compliance with psoriasis treatment.

Ion Arrieta

Ion Arrieta of University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

The aim of this research is to explore the nature of the concept of autonomy habitually used in the ethics of care and medical ethics, and the possible shortcomings of this concept. It will also seek to investigate the factors that lead to such low treatment compliance among patients with psoriasis.


Modes of disagreement in Bioethics: the public and the experts.

Hugo Viciana

Hugo Viciana of Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados (IESA-CSIC).

This project uses a survey of a representative sample to investigate how the Spanish population conceives disagreements around a list of prototypical ethical questions. The project also aims to identify social and cognitive correlations to propose a model for understanding popular attitudes around disagreement in this area. Finally, it will conduct a study with healthcare and bioethics professionals to examine aspects where the reasoning of specialists tends to differ from that of the general population.

Constructing and determining psychometric properties of a questionnaire to evaluate perception of respect and maintenance of dignity in hospitalized patients.

Beatriz Campillo

Beatriz Campillo of Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.

This project aims to construct and identify the properties of a psychometric questionnaire to evaluate the perception of respect and maintenance of dignity in hospitalized patients.


Published paper



Planning Advance Decisions (PAD) and communication in patients with chronic, complex illness and chronic, advanced illness.

Alicia Ortega, Christian Villavicencio and Cristina Garzón

The team led by Christian Villavicencio of Caredoctors

The research aims to explore the values and wishes of patients with chronic, complex illness and patients with chronic, advanced illness. It also seeks to identify the perceptions of their families regarding their values and wishes in an irreversible situation with a poor prognosis. The project will conduct a descriptive, prospective study with patients at the Fundación Santa Susanna, Caldes de Montbui.


Transsexuality in children and adolescents. Ethical aspects of classification and treatment.

Sabel Gabaldón

Sabel Gabaldón of the University of Barcelona

This is a doctoral thesis that aims to conduct applied ethical research on medical and psychological interventions in children and adolescents with gender variability, transsexual issues, and categorization using the current term: gender dysphoria.

Horizons Project. Methodological proposal for gamification of hospital pedagogy, based on narrative bioethics and the model of humanizing care for hospitalized minors.

Júlia Martín

Júlia Martin Badia of the University of Barcelona.

This project aims to construct and publish an innovative play and learning tool in the health setting. This seeks to implement pedagogical approaches in hospitals that consist in humanizing support for hospitalized minors by responding effectively to their biopsychosocial and educational needs before, during and after hospitalization. It is inspired by narrative bioethics and role playing.



The status of patients’ preferences in the practice of mental health in Catalonia.

Francisco José Eiroa Orosa
The team led by Francisco José Eiroa Orosa, of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology of the University of Barcelona, for: "The status of patients' preferences in the practice of mental health in Catalonia".
The purpose of this study is to identify the opinion and practice of users and professionals with regard to incorporating patient preferences into the care process in mental health. It also seeks to explore the obstacles to the process of implementing potential shared decision-making programs and patient preferences in mental health. Finally, the study makes proposals designed to inform both professionals and users about patients' rights, and the benefits and practical advantages of incorporating their preferences into the mental health care process.

Ethics of care applied to the intensive care unit.

Alejandra Fernández Trujillo
The team led by Alejandra Fernández Trujillo, of Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu, for: "Ethics of care applied to the intensive care unit".
Patients in critical condition who are admitted to intensive care units (ICU) are often immersed in a tangle of cables and sophisticated monitoring and life support equipment. In a health context in which issues of how to make health care more human and patient-focused, with the aim of ensuring that care includes both physical and emotional aspects to ensure a more comprehensive approach to the loss of health, ICUs should not be ignored. The principal objective of this study consists in comparing the care received by patients admitted to the ICU with that received by patients admitted to other hospital departments.