My main interest lies at the nexus of the fields of applied ethics and health policy analysis. I have over a decade of experience developing research-based approaches for addressing social values in health technology policy analysis, particularly the use of qualitative evidence to inform health technology assessment. I am currently a Manager, Scientific Affairs at CADTH, where I lead the qualitative and ethics teams.
I hold a B.A (English Literature) from McGill University as well as a BSc (Psychology) and MSc and PhD (Health Research Methodology) from McMaster University. As a research assistant at the Centre of Health Economics and Policy Analysis, I participated at the level of co-investigator and co-author on several projects (e.g., ethics of case reporting, life support decision-making, ethical frameworks in health policy, cross-border assisted reproductive services, paradigms of health technology assessment). My dissertation research explored the construct of ambulance services from patient and provider perspectives. In particular, I examined the economic and ethical implications of the Ontario ambulance billing policy, which varies depending on the perceived appropriateness of the ambulance use.
More recently, I was a Research Associate at the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, based in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, where I provided research expertise for a CIHR- funded project, Long Term Worries: Testing New Policy Options for Financing Long Term Care under the supervision of Colleen M. Flood. In addition, I supposed several projects on topics such as modernizing coverage decisions in Canadian medicare, regulating safety and privacy concerns of artificial intelligence in health care, and HTA decision making and the law.
I can be reached at deirdre.dejean (at) cadth.ca