Research grants




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

Poveda‑Moral et al. BMC Med Ethics (2021) 22:75


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.

Ethics for robots: Some considerations in the design of social robots for children’s hospitals.

Miquel Domènech Argemí
The team led by Miquel Domènech Argemí, of the Department of Social Psychology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, for: "Ethics for robots: Some considerations in the design of social robots for children's hospitals".
The aim of this research is to develop an ethical framework for the design and use of social robots in children's hospitals. The project will involve the different stakeholders in the process of designing and using social robots in hospital contexts. The aim is to construct an ethical framework that encapsulates the meanings, priorities, interests and concerns of all stakeholders. The research and development of this ethical framework will be conducted from the perspective of the ethics of care, while also integrating insights from scientific and social studies of the relationship between people and machines covered by the concept of empirical ethics.
Research published at Cuadernos de Bioética

Commitment Information Document (CID) in dietary adaptations in dysphagia.

Núria Oriol Peregrina
Núria Oriol Peregrina, of Hospital Universitario Mutua de Terrassa, Sociosanitario de Vallparadís, for: "Commitment Information Document (CID) in dietary adaptations in dysphagia".
Within the framework of the therapeutic relationship established between the health professional and the patient-family unit, the professional's desire to help the patient to improve his or her situation can come into conflict with the patient's own values or preferences. On the one hand, the health professional may wish to ensure that the patient understands the suitability of the proposed treatment; on the other, there is the need for the patient to take decisions as autonomously as possible. The project identifies the obstacles to decision-making by patients admitted to the Sub-acute Unit of a Hospital Centre who have difficulties swallowing, and who require adaptations to their diet.

Relational approaches: vulnerability and autonomy in bioethics.

Janet Delgado Rodríguez
Janet Delgado Rodríguez, of the Doctorate and Postgraduate School of the University of La Laguna, for: "Relational approaches: vulnerability and autonomy in bioethics".
The main purpose of this study is to analyze and redefine the conceptual framework that has been used to date to develop the notion of vulnerability within the sphere of bioethics. It takes as its starting point the need to develop new ethical focuses and perspectives that raise our awareness of vulnerability, and the possible objective and subjective harm caused by structural inequalities and violence, in an approach that incorporates the ethics of ‘alterity' or otherness. 

Comparative study of protocols for accessing the interruption of pregnancy in the European Union (ProtoAccess)

Rosana Triviño

Rosana Triviño Caballero, of the Institute of Philosophy of Spain's Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), who was awarded a grant for her study: "Comparative study of protocols for accessing the interruption of pregnancy in the European Union (ProtoAccess)."


The purpose of the project is to determine whether the conditions for accessing the interruption of pregnancy (IP) in European Union countries reflect the needs of women who are affected, and respect the classic principles of bioethics (autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence and justice), reinterpreted in the light of feminist theories of care.

The project aims to conduct a comparative analysis of differences between practice and legislation in the member states of the European Union, possible reasons for this, and the potential impact of such requirements on access to IP. It also seeks to offer a framework protocol designed to adjust the conditions of access, in cases where this could be necessary.




Evaluating pain in adults without the capacity for communication. A bioethical analysis in hospitalization units for critical patients (beca)

Gemma Robleda and Josep-E. Baños


To Gemma Robleda and Josep-E. Baños of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and Pompeu Fabra University, respectively, for the project: "Evaluating pain in adults without the capacity for communication. A bioethical analysis in hospitalization units for critical patients" [L'avaluació del dolor en persones adultes sense capacitat de comunicació. Un anàlisi bioètic en les unitats d'hospitalització de pacients crítics].


Establishing the existence and intensity of pain is necessary if we are to provide pain relief, but in practice it is often very difficult to do so, particularly in patients who lack the capacity for communication. This study aims to analyze the pain evaluation methods used in units caring for critical patients, and to identify how frequently they are used. It will also seek to identify the pain relief treatments applied in painful procedures in these units, and to discover the opinions of the health professionals who work in them.

The legal protection of intersex people: reconsidering the (arbitrary?) assignation of gender from a legal perspective (beca)

Elena Lauroba Lacasa


To Elena Lauroba of the University of Barcelona for the project: "The legal protection of intersex people: reconsidering the (arbitrary?) assignation of gender from a legal perspective" [La protección jurídica de las personas intersexuales: repensar desde el derecho las asignaciones (¿arbitrarias?) de género].


The author submitted a proposal to research the legal situation of intersex people – those who, in biological terms, cannot be unequivocally identified as belonging to one or other gender (male or female). Her aim is to analyze the level of protection afforded to their rights, both with regard to human rights and in terms of private law (name, privacy, marriage, etc.). She also aims to identify specific initiatives and actions in the public policy sphere.