International Ethics and Scientific Committee

International Ethics and Scientific Committee


International Ethics and Scientific Committee

ORPEA created its International Ethics and Scientific Committee in 2015 as part of its aim to develop a group-wide responsible professional culture in the areas of ethics, research and innovation in care, and to strengthen the momentum initiated many years ago.
The Committee is composed of eminent European specialists in geriatrics. It is chaired by Professor Alain Franco and its other members are:
•    Professor Jean-Pierre Baeyens, President Europe of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics and Secretary General of the Belgian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics since 1982;
•    Professor Thomas Frühwald, member of the Austrian Federal Bioethics Commission;
•    Professor José Manuel Ribera Casado from the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine.

The Committee contributes to our shared professional culture through its insight, experience and skills in the areas of medical quality and safety, health and well-being, science and techniques.

Its role is to answer any questions about clinical ethics submitted by our facilities, to analyse and evaluate potential research and innovation projects, and to supervise the overall consistency of education and training approaches and initiatives within the Group.

In parallel, to support ethics practices in all our facilities, the Committee draws on a network of regional Ethics officers and Patient Welfare officers present in each facility since 2011.

One of the strong recommendations made by the Committee was the organisation of annual awards to reward the ORPEA team that proposes the clinical ethics approach or research or innovation in care programme or project judged to be the most deserving.

The first of these ORPEA Excellence Awards in Clinical Ethics, Research and Innovation in Care took place in December 2015. The three winners were:
•    "Charter for home carers of a disabled, sick or terminally ill person of any age" by the Bois-Bougy post-acute care and rehabilitation facility in Nyon (Switzerland), winner in the "Clinical Ethics" category;
•    "Discovery of a bio-behavioural marker for chronic stress conditions" by the Lyon-Champvert (France) psychiatric care facility, winner in the "Research" category;
•    "Living without pain" by the SeneCura Wien (Austria) nursing home, winner in the "Innovation in Care" category.

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