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Bioethics Centre staff profile

Dr Emma Tumilty

PositionAssistant Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of General Practice and Rural Health (DSM)
QualificationsBA PGDipHealSc
Research summaryRelationship between evidence-based decision-making, research practices and health inequity
Memberships
  • New Zealand Ethics Committee – member (current)
  • Otago Polytechnic Research Ethics Committee – member / Vice-Chair (2013–2016)
  • Australian Association of Bioethics and Health Law – member (current)
  • Feminist Approaches to Bioethics – member (current)

Research

My work explores what social values are implicit in evidence-based decision-making, their relationship to research practices and systems, and how this impacts on health inequity.

In addition, I suggest that the introduction of the Capabilities Approach (CA) put forward by Amartya Sen, as a foundation underpinning evidence-based decision-making and research practices may be a better theory of justice for achieving greater health equity.

This is further advanced by suggesting some practical solutions and their implications in changing research practice and the systems within which research is conducted.

My research practice includes both quantitative (public data, survey) and qualitative (institutional ethnography; thematic analysis) methods.

I also have research interests in research ethics, animal ethics, and open/big data ethics.

Publications

Tumilty, E., Tolich, M. B., & Dobson, S. (2016). Rupturing ethics literacy: The Ethics Applications Repository (TEAR). In W. C. van den Hoonaard & A. Hamilton (Eds.), The ethics rupture: Exploring alternatives to formal research-ethics review. (pp. 376-390). University of Toronto Press.

Hunter, D. J., Kieslich, K., Littlejohns, P., Staniszewska, S., Tumilty, E., Weale, A., & Williams, I. (2016). Public involvement in health priority setting: Future challenges for policy, research and society. Journal of Health Organization & Management, 30(5), 796-808. doi: 10.1108/jhom-04-2016-0057

Weale, A., Kieslich, K., Littlejohns, P., Tugendhaft, A., Tumilty, E., Weerasuriya, K., & Whitty, J. A. (2016). Introduction: priority setting, equitable access and public involvement in health care. Journal of Health Organization & Management, 30(5), 736-750. doi: 10.1108/jhom-03-2016-0036

Slutsky, J., Tumilty, E., Max, C., Lu, L., Tantivess, S., Hauegen, R. C., … Cubillos, L. (2016). Patterns of public participation: Opportunity structures and mobilization from a cross-national perspective. Journal of Health Organization & Management, 30(5), 751-768. doi: 10.1108/jhom-03-2016-0037

Flanagan, P., & Tumilty, E. (2015). How does voluntary ethics improve research? Introducing a community research development initiative. Whanake, 1(2), 14-23.

Chapter in Book - Research

Tumilty, E., Tolich, M. B., & Dobson, S. (2016). Rupturing ethics literacy: The Ethics Applications Repository (TEAR). In W. C. van den Hoonaard & A. Hamilton (Eds.), The ethics rupture: Exploring alternatives to formal research-ethics review. (pp. 376-390). University of Toronto Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Stokes, T., Tumilty, E., Doolan-Noble, F., & Gauld, R. (2017). Multimorbidity, clinical decision making and health care delivery in New Zealand primary care: A qualitative study. BMC Family Practice, 18, 51. doi: 10.1186/s12875-017-0622-4

Slutsky, J., Tumilty, E., Max, C., Lu, L., Tantivess, S., Hauegen, R. C., … Cubillos, L. (2016). Patterns of public participation: Opportunity structures and mobilization from a cross-national perspective. Journal of Health Organization & Management, 30(5), 751-768. doi: 10.1108/jhom-03-2016-0037

Hunter, D. J., Kieslich, K., Littlejohns, P., Staniszewska, S., Tumilty, E., Weale, A., & Williams, I. (2016). Public involvement in health priority setting: Future challenges for policy, research and society. Journal of Health Organization & Management, 30(5), 796-808. doi: 10.1108/jhom-04-2016-0057

Weale, A., Kieslich, K., Littlejohns, P., Tugendhaft, A., Tumilty, E., Weerasuriya, K., & Whitty, J. A. (2016). Introduction: priority setting, equitable access and public involvement in health care. Journal of Health Organization & Management, 30(5), 736-750. doi: 10.1108/jhom-03-2016-0036

Flanagan, P., & Tumilty, E. (2015). How does voluntary ethics improve research? Introducing a community research development initiative. Whanake, 1(2), 14-23.

Tolich, M., & Tumilty, E. (2014). Making ethics review a learning institution: The Ethics Application Repository proof of concept - tear.otago.ac.nz. Qualitative Research, 14(2), 201-212. doi: 10.1177/1468794112468476

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Journal - Research Other

Tumilty, E., Walker, S., & Tumilty, S. (2014). Tainting by numbers: How the disadvantaged become invisible within evidence-based medicine. Physical Therapy Reviews, 19(5), 367-377. doi: 10.1179/1743288X14Y.0000000152

Tumilty, E. (2013). Leading the way with a health research repository. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1386). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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