Reconciling 'is' and 'ought': Innovative solutions for empirical ethics research

Anna-Marie Greaney

Institute of Technology Tralee

Anna-Marie is a registered nurse who practiced clinically, primarily in the area of nephrology and renal dialysis. She currently lectures on ethics and professional issues at the Department of Nursing and Healthcare Sciences, Institute of Technology Tralee. Anna-Marie is Chair of the Research Ethics Committee in her host institution and is a member of the ethics committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Significant research interests include the experience of autonomy among stakeholders within healthcare, and the relationship between empirical research and ethical reasoning. Her PhD thesis explored the patient experience of autonomy in diabetes management, and concludes with an understanding of autonomy (Negotiated Autonomy) to reconcile patient choice with professional obligations towards quality care. Anna-Marie recently project lead the development of a guidance document with the Health Information and Quality Authority to assist professionals to support the autonomy of people who access health and social care services.


Background: In the last decade there has been a significant increase in empirical ethics research across disciplines to address moral problems in practice. However, a fundamental tension exists in using empirical findings to... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Anna-Marie Greaney (Institute of Technology Tralee)
  2. Dónal P. O'Mathúna (Dublin City University)
  3. P. Anne Scott (Liverpool John Moore's University)

Topic Area

Topics: Innovations in research methodology, education or clinical practice


RS » Research (14:00 - Thursday, 10th November, Seminar Room 2.51)

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