NOAHE Rounds II Session 7: The building blocks of good decisions: putting ‘values’ into action

In the modern Canadian healthcare context, leaders are regularly asked to make decisions that achieve ‘meaningful outcomes’ and ‘value for money’ and also succeed in delivering ‘person-centered care.’ These decisions often involve difficult scenarios where not all values, or in economic terms ‘preferences’ can be equally weighted and lived up to.

In this session Duncan Steele will share his experience of 8 years working at the policy level as an organizational ethics in two provinces.

Some of the questions we will cover include:

  • How should we conceive of values in the process of decision-making?
  • Where should these values come from?
  • How should they be used to guide and improve the quality of decisions?
  • And what does all of this look like in real life practice?


Duncan Steele Profile PictureDuncan Steele, MA, PMP, MHA, Senior Consultant, Organizational Ethics, AHS

Duncan heads Alberta Health Services’ Organizational Ethics office. His role includes supporting the Executive Leadership Team in resource allocation and leading policy-level decision-making. He received his MA in Applied Ethics from Utrecht University (focus on Public Health Ethics) and his Master of Health Administration from the University of British Columbia (Capstone: Physician Engagement Initiative in BC and normalized process theory).

Duncan’s interests and expertise include decision sciences, values-based decision-making, resource allocation/priority setting/assessment in healthcare, and the intersection of health ethics & economics in value prioritization frameworks.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm MT
Location: 1200, Institute of Health Economics, Edmonton (Map link)


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Upcoming Rounds

May 22, 2019, University of Calgary – Eldon Spackman, University of Calgary
June 19, 2019, Institute of Health Economics – James O'Mahony, Trinity College Dublin