BA (Hons), BComm, MA, MMus, PhD, MPH
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Anita Ho (PhD, MPH) is an Associate Professor in bioethics at the Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia, and an Affiliate Faculty member in the Bioethics Program of the University of California, San Francisco.

She is also a Senior Researcher in Ethics Services at Providence Health Care in Vancouver, and a Section Editor in research ethics for BMC Medical Ethics. Between 2014 and 2017, Anita was the Director of Undergraduate Ethics Education at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore.

An international scholar and author of more than 60 journal articles and book chapters, her publications can be found in a wide range of prestigious bioethics, medical, and interdisciplinary journals such as the Journal of Medical Ethics, The Hastings Center Report, American Journal of Bioethics, Intensive Care Medicine, Journal of American Geriatric Society, Pain Medicine, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of Medical Genetics, and the Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Anita’s current research focuses on supportive decision making in diverse healthcare settings, supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her broader research areas include ethical dimensions of incorporating innovative technologies in health care, trust and decision making in domestic and international clinical and research medicine, organizational and system ethics in medicine, cross-cultural and global health ethics, health-care access and disparity, professional-patient relationship, ethics education for health professionals, disability and pain experiences, and various concepts of autonomy.

Centre for Applied Ethics

Journal Articles:

1. Ho A, Jameson K, Eiser A. Sowing the SEED for Patient Empowerment. Am. J. Bioeth. 2017; 17(11), 42-44.

2. Ho A, Hee N. The Professional Online: Stranger in a Strange Land. Asian Bioethics Review. 2017; 9(3). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41649-017-0019-7.

3. Ho A. Reconciling Patient Safety and Epistemic Humility: An Ethical Use of Opioid Treatment Plans. Hastings Center Report. 2017; 47(3), 34-35.

4. Pavlish C, Ateva E, Ho A. Women’s Health and Human Rights: Converging Avenues for Action in East Africa. Journal of Human Rights Practice. 2017. doi: 10.1093/jhuman/huw025

5. Buchman D, Ho A, Goldberg D. Investigating Trust, Expertise, and Epistemic Injustice in Chronic Pain. J Bioeth Inq. 2017. doi:10.1007/s11673-016-9761-x.

6. Taylor D, Ho A, Masse L, Van Borek N, Li N, Patterson M, Ogilvie G, Buxton J., Assessment of Capacity to Consent for Health Care Among Patients Who Misuse Drugs or Alcohol. Global Qualitative Nursing Research. 2016; 3: 1-9. DOI: 10.1177/2333393616671076

7. Ho A, Jameson K, Pavlish C. An Exploratory Study of Interprofessional Collaboration in End-of-Life Decision-Making beyond Palliative Care Settings. J. Interprof. Care. 2016. DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2016.1203765.

8. Ho A, Tsai DFC. Making Good Death More Accessible: End-Of-Life Care in the Intensive Care Unit. Intensive Care Med. 2016. DOI 10.1007/s00134-016-4396-2.

9. Ho A. Racism and Bioethics: Are We Part of the Problem? Am. J. Bioeth. 2016; 16(4): 23-25.

10. Pinney S, Ho A. The Puck Stops Here: Taking Organizational Accountability Seriously. Healthcare Quarterly. 2016; 18(4): 20-24.

11. Buchman D, Ho A, Illes J. ““You Present Like a Drug Addict”: Patient and Clinician Perspectives on Trust and Trustworthiness in Chronic Pain Management.” Pain Medicine. 2016. DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnv083

12. Ho A, Pinney S. Redefining Ethical Leadership in a 21st century healthcare system. Healthcare Management Forum. 2016; 29(1):39-42. DOI: 10.1177/0840470415613910.

13. Ho A, Spencer M, McGuire M. When Frail Individuals or Their Families Request Non-Indicated Interventions: The 4-Box Ethical Approach. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015;63(8):1674-8; DOI:10.1111/jgs.13531

14. Ho A, MacDonald L, Unger D. Preventive Ethics through Expanding Education. HEC Forum. 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s10730-015-9273-9

15. Ho A, Pinney S, Bozic K. Ethical Concerns in Caring for Elderly Patients with Cognitive Limitations: A Capacity-Adjusted Shared Decision Making Approach. J. Bone Joint Surg. Am. 2015;97:e16 (1-6).

16. Ho A, Unger D. Power Hierarchy and Epistemic Injustice in Clinical Ethics Consultation. Am. J. Bioeth. 2015;15(1):40-2.

17. Ho A, Silvers A, Stainton T. Continuous Surveillance of Persons with Disabilities: Conflicts and Compatibilities of Personal and Social Goods. J. Soc. Philos. 2014;45(3): 348-68.

18. Buchman D, Ho A. What’s Trust Got to Do with It? Revisiting Opioid Contracts. J. Med. Ethics. 2013. DOI: 10.1136/medethics-2013-101320

19. Taylor D, Masse L, Ho A, Rekart ML, Tyndall M, Henry B, Clifton J, Peters L, Ogilvie G, Buxton J. A Brief Tool to Assess Capacity to Consent for Medical Care Among Homeless Individuals with Problematic Substance Use: Study Protocol. Arch Public Health. 2013;71:11.

20. Hawkins A, Creighton S, Ho A, McManus B, Hayden MR. Providing Predictive Testing for Huntington Disease via Telehealth: Results of a Pilot study in British Columbia, Canada. Clin Genet. 2013;84(1): 60-4.

21. Olson RA, Bobinski MA, Ho A, Goddard KJ. Oncologists’ View of Informed Consent and Shared Decision Making in Paediatric Radiation Oncology. Radiother Oncol. 2012;102(2):210–3.
22. Hawkins AK, Ho A. Genetic Counselling and the Ethical Issues Around Direct to Consumer Testing. J Genet Couns. 2012;21(3):367-73.

23. Pavlish C, Ho A, and Rounkle AM. Health and human rights advocacy: perspectives from a Rwandan refugee camp. Nurs Ethics. 2012;19(4):538-49.

24. Ho A. Trusting Experts and Epistemic Humility in Disability. Int J Fem Approaches Bioeth. 2011;4(2):102-123.

25. Passmore M, Ho A, Gallagher R. Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms in Moderate to Severe Alzheimer’s Disease – Towards a Palliative Care Model Emphasising Recognition of Personhood and Preservation of Dignity. J Alzheimers Dis. 2011;29:1-13.

26. Hawkins A, Ho A, Hayden M. Lessons for Predictive Testing for Huntington’s Disease: 25 Years On. J. Med. Gene. 2011;48(10):649-50.

27. Bell J, Ho A. Authenticity as a Necessary Condition for Voluntary Choice: A Case Study in Cancer Clinical Trial Participation. Am. J. Bioeth. 2011;11(8):33-5.

28. Dharamsi S, Ho A, Spadafora S, Woollard R. The Physician as Health Advocate: Translating the Quest for Social Responsibility into Medical Education and Practice. Acad Med. 2011;86(9):1-6.

29. Ho A, Pavlish C. Indivisibility of Accountability and Empowerment in Tackling Gender-Based Violence: Lessons from a Refugee Camp in Rwanda. J Refug Stud. 2011;24(1):88-109.

30. Pavlish C, Ho A. Displaced Persons’ Perceptions of Human Rights in Southern Sudan. Int Nurs Rev. 2009;56(4):416-25.

31. Pavlish C, Ho A. Human Rights Barriers for Displaced Persons in Southern Sudan. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2009;41(3):284-92.

32. Ho A. ‘They Just Don’t Get It!’ When Family Disagrees with Expert Opinion. J Med Eth 2009;35(8):497-501.

33. Pavlish C, Ho A. Pathway to Social Justice: Research on Human Rights and Gender-based Violence in a Rwanda Refugee Camp. Adv Nurs Sci. 2009;32(2):144-57.

34. Ho A. Correcting Social Ills Through Mandatory Research Participation. Am J Bioeth 2008;8(10):39-40.

35. Ho A. Using Family Members as Interpreters in the Clinical Setting. J Clin Ethics. 2008;19(3):223-33.

36. Ho A. The Individualist Model of Autonomy and the Challenge of Disability. J Bioeth Inq. 2008;5:193-207.

37. De Melo-Martin I, Ho A. Beyond Informed Consent: The Therapeutic Misconception and Trust. J Med Ethics. 2008;34:202-5.

38. Ho A. Relational Autonomy or Undue Pressure? Family’s Role in Medical Decision-Making. Scand J Caring Sci. 2008;22:128-35.

39. Ho A. Disability in Bioethics Curricula. Teach Philos. 2007;30(4):403-420.

40. Ho A. Family and Informed Consent in Multicultural Settings. Am J Bioeth. 2006 6(1):26-8.

41. Ho A. Pharmaceutical Corporations and the Duty to Aid in HIV/AIDS Epidemic. Bus. Prof. Ethics J. 2005;24(4):51-81.

42. Ho A. To Be Labelled, or Not to Be Labelled: That is the Question. Br. J. Learn. Disabil. 2004;32(2):86-92.

43. Ho A. International Business vs. Globalization: Implications on Business Ethics. Bus. Prof. Ethics J. 2003;22(2):51-69.

44. Ho A. Fair Equality of Opportunity and Multi-Tiered Systems. Rev. J. Political Philos. 2003;1:155-92.

Book Chapters:

1. Ho A, Campbell A. Ethics and Professionalism in Clinical Medicine. In: Aw D, Khoo CM, Khoo SM. Asian Textbook in Clinical Medicine. Forthcoming.

2. Voo TC, Braddock C, Chin J, Ho A. Ethics and Attitudes. In: Dent, J., Harden R, Hunt D, editors. A Practical Guide for Medical Teachers. Elsevier. 2017.

3. Ho A. Global Health Disparity and Pharmaceutical Companies’ Obligation to Assist. In: Ho D, editor. Philosophical Issues in Pharmaceuticals: Use, Dispensing, and Development. Springer. 2016.

4. Ho A. Choosing Death: A Lesson in Autonomy and Ableism. In: Piper M, Veltman A, editors. Autonomy, Oppression, and Gender. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2014. p. 326-50.

5. Ho A. Whose Interest is it Anyway? Autonomy and Family-Facilitated Approach of Decision Making. In: Akabayashi A, editor. The Future of Bioethics. Oxford University Press; 2014. p. 757-61.

6. Ho A. Community-Based Collaborative Action Research and a Relational Approach to Research Ethics. In: Pavlish C, Pharris-Dexheimer M, editors. Community-based Collaborative Action Research: A Nursing Approach. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc.; 2011. p. 333-56.

7. Ho A. Personhood and Assisted Death. In: Palmquist S, editor. Cultivating Personhood: Kant and Asian Philosophy. Berlin, Germany: Walter de Gruyter; 2010. p. 370-81.

8. Ho A. The Cancer Diaries. In: Rawlinson M, Lundeen S, editors. Voice of Breast Cancer in Medicine and Bioethics. Kluwer Series in the Philosophy of Medicine. Dordrecht: Springer; 2006. p. 71-88.

9. Ho A. Mainstreaming Disability: A Case in Bioethics. Creating Pedagogical Curb Cuts: Incorporating disability in the University classroom and curriculum. Syracuse, NY: Graduate School of Syracuse University and Beyond Compliance; 2005. p. 3-9.

10. Ho A. ‘It’s So Judgmental!’ A Lesson on Subjectivity and Relativism. In: Civil G, Hauer D, Heinlen K, Hendricks S, Ho A, Peterson-Anderson N, editors. The Reflective Woman. 5th ed. Acton, MA: Copley Publishing; 2002. p. 208-20.

Encyclopedia Entries:
1. Ho A. Self Ownership. In: Kolb R, editor. Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Forthcoming (first edition: 2008).

2. Ho A. Medicaid. In: Kolb R, editor. Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Forthcoming (first edition: 2008).

3. Ho A. Medicare. In: Kolb R, editor. Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Forthcoming (first edition: 2008).

4. Ho A. Health Insurance. In: ten Have H, editor. Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. New York: Springer; 2015.

5. Ho A, Buchman D. Pain. In: ten Have H, editor. Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. New York: Springer; 2015.

6. Ho A. Epistemic Injustice. In: Jennings B, editor. Encyclopedia of Bioethics. 4th ed. USA: Macmillan Reference; 2014.

SPPH 538 Ethical Theories in the Practice of Public Health
DPAS 401 Doctor, Patients, and Society (Ethics Co-Lead)
SPHA 563 Ethics and Ethical Decision Making in Health Care
Phil 532 Ethical Theory and Practice: Trust and Autonomy
MEDG/INDS 535/502K Genetics and Ethics
INDS 502P Practicum — Biomedical Ethics
Phil 235 Contemporary Moral Issues
Phil 335 Power and Oppression
Phil 433 Biomedical Ethics

Supportive Decision Making with Diverse Populations
End-of-Life Care in the Era of Assisted Death Legislation
Strength-Based Approaches to Medical Ethics/Professionalism Education
Trust and Ethical Issues in Domestic and International Clinical and Research Medicine
Global Health Care Disparity
Ethical Issues in Health Care Delivery
Medical Epistemologies and Patient Experiences