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Bioethics Centre staff profile

Dr Tania Moerenhout

PositionLecturer
DepartmentBioethics Centre
QualificationsMD, MPhil, PhD
Research summaryDigital health ethics, ethics and philosophy of new health technologies, primary care values
Teaching
  • DIGH 707 Digital Health Information Governance and Ethics
  • BITC 405 Bioethics in Clinical Practice
  • Teaching in ELM 2, 3 and ALM 4, 5
Memberships
  • UOHEC: University of Otago Human Ethics Committee
  • WONCA:Chair of the WONCA Working Party on Ethical Issues
  • ASBH: Member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • ESPMH: Member of the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare
Clinical

Tania has been working as a general practitioner since 2009. She works part-time at Broadway Medical Centre in Dunedin and holds general registration with the Medical Council of NZ.

Research

Tania's research interests focus on ethical questions related to the use of digital health technology. Her PhD examined the ethical challenges of electronic health records and patient portal systems, more specifically the impact these systems have on patient autonomy and the patient-doctor relationship. She has also collaborated on a project exploring ethical considerations of incidental and secondary findings in genetic testing.

Currently, her research focuses on three topics:

  • Remote consultations in primary care (through telephone or video calls)
  • Ethical values in elder care, and
  • Ethical considerations of remote monitoring technology, such as health apps and devices used in smart homes

Additional details

Tania welcomes proposals for postgraduate studies in the ethics of digital health, particularly focused on online consultations, smart homes and remote monitoring technology.

Publications

Moerenhout, T. (2022). We're not on a holodeck, yet: A social experiment approach to introducing extended reality in forensic psychiatry. AJOB Neuroscience, 13(3), 168-170. doi: 10.1080/21507740.2022.2082588

Papanikitas, A., & Moerenhout, T. (2022). Global primary care as an incubator for good ethical practice. British Journal of General Practice, 72(720), 310-311. doi: 10.3399/bjgp22X719813

Moerenhout, T. (2022). Mind the gap please: Ethical considerations in the transition of virtual consultations from crisis to usual care. Journal of Medical Ethics, 48(1), 36-37. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2021-108059

Saelaert, M., Mertes, H., Moerenhout, T., Van Cauwenbergh, C., Leroy, B. P., Devisch, I., & De Baere, E. (2021). A qualitative study among patients with an inherited retinal disease on the meaning of genomic unsolicited findings. Scientific Reports, 11, 15834. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-95258-2

Moerenhout, T., Devisch, I., Cooreman, L., Bernaerdt, J., De Sutter, A., & Provoost, V. (2021). Patients’ moral attitudes toward electronic health records: Survey study with vignettes and statements. Health Informatics Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1460458220980039

Bernaerdt, J., Moerenhout, T., & Devisch, I. (2021). Vulnerable patients' attitudes towards sharing medical data and granular control in patient portal systems: An interview study. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 27, 429-437. doi: 10.1111/jep.13465

Journal - Research Article

Cova, F., Strickland, B., Abatista, A., Allard, A., Andow, J., Attie, M., … Moerenhout, T., … Zhou, X. (2021). Estimating the reproducibility of experimental philosophy. Review of Philosophy & Psychology, 12(1), 9-44. doi: 10.1007/s13164-018-0400-9

Journal - Research Article

Moerenhout, T., Devisch, I., Cooreman, L., Bernaerdt, J., De Sutter, A., & Provoost, V. (2021). Patients’ moral attitudes toward electronic health records: Survey study with vignettes and statements. Health Informatics Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1460458220980039

Journal - Research Article

Saelaert, M., Mertes, H., Moerenhout, T., Van Cauwenbergh, C., Leroy, B. P., Devisch, I., & De Baere, E. (2021). A qualitative study among patients with an inherited retinal disease on the meaning of genomic unsolicited findings. Scientific Reports, 11, 15834. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-95258-2

Journal - Research Article

Moerenhout, T., Fischer, G. S., & Devisch, I. (2020). The elephant in the room: A postphenomenological view on the electronic health record and its impact on the clinical encounter. Medicine, Health Care & Philosophy, 23, 227-236. doi: 10.1007/s11019-019-09923-5

Journal - Research Article

Moerenhout, T., Fischer, G. S., Saelaert, M., De Sutter, A., Provoost, V., & Devisch, I. (2020). Primary care physicians' perspectives on the ethical impact of the electronic medical record. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 33(1), 106-117. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2020.01.190154

Journal - Research Article

Saelaert, M., Mertes, H., Moerenhout, T., De Baere, E., & Devisch, I. (2020). Ethical values supporting the disclosure of incidental and secondary findings in clinical genomic testing: A qualitative study. BMC Medical Ethics, 21(1), 9. doi: 10.1186/s12910-020-0452-0

Journal - Research Article

Saelaert, M., Mertes, H., Moerenhout, T., De Baere, E., & Devisch, I. (2019). Criteria for reporting incidental findings in clinical exome sequencing: A focus group study on professional practices and perspectives in Belgian genetic centres. BMC Medical Genomics, 12(1), 123. doi: 10.1186/s12920-019-0561-0

Journal - Research Article

Gabriels, K., & Moerenhout, T. (2018). Exploring entertainment medicine and professionalization of self-care: Interview study among doctors on the potential effects of digital self-Tracking. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(1), e10. doi: 10.2196/jmir.8040

Journal - Research Article

Moerenhout, T., Devisch, I., & Cornelis, G. C. (2018). E-health beyond technology: Analyzing the paradigm shift that lies beneath. Medicine, Health Care & Philosophy, 21(1), 31-41. doi: 10.1007/s11019-017-9780-3

Journal - Research Article

Moerenhout, T., Borgermans, L., Schol, S., Vansintejan, J., Van De Vijver, E., & Devroey, D. (2013). Patient health information materials in waiting rooms of family physicians: Do patients care? Patient Preference & Adherence, 7, 489-497. doi: 10.2147/PPA.S45777

Journal - Research Article

Devroey, D., Senesael, E., Moerenhout, T., Van De Vijver, E., & Vandevoorde, J. (2011). Follow-up of a cardiovascular prevention campaign. Central European Journal of Public Health, 19(4), 190-196. doi: 10.21101/cejph.a3656

Journal - Research Article

Moerenhout, T. (2022). Mind the gap please: Ethical considerations in the transition of virtual consultations from crisis to usual care. Journal of Medical Ethics, 48(1), 36-37. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2021-108059

Journal - Research Other

Moerenhout, T. (2022). We're not on a holodeck, yet: A social experiment approach to introducing extended reality in forensic psychiatry. AJOB Neuroscience, 13(3), 168-170. doi: 10.1080/21507740.2022.2082588

Journal - Research Other

Papanikitas, A., & Moerenhout, T. (2022). Global primary care as an incubator for good ethical practice. British Journal of General Practice, 72(720), 310-311. doi: 10.3399/bjgp22X719813

Journal - Research Other

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