Anita Ho, PhD, MPH

Title(s)Associate Professor, Institute for Health & Aging
SchoolSchool of Nursing
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    University of California, Berkeley, USAMPHHealth Policy/Management
    University of Alberta, CanadaPhDPhilosophy
    University of Alberta, CanadaMMusPiano Performance
    Dalhousie University, CanadaMAPhilosophy
    Saint Mary's University, CanadaBAPhilosophy
    Saint Mary's University, CanadaBCommMarketing

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    Anita Ho (PhD, MPH) is a bioethicist and health services researcher with a unique combined academic training and experience in philosophy, clinical/organizational ethics, public health, and business. (She is also a classically trained pianist, with a Master degree in piano performance. Clearly, she is still trying to decide what she will do when she grows up!) Anita is currently an Associate Professor at the UCSF Bioethics Program and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia. She is also the Regional Director of Ethics (Northern California) for Providence. Between 2014 and 2017, Anita was Associate Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Ethics Education at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore School of Medicine.

    An international scholar and author of more than 70 publications, Anita is an elected fellow of The Hastings Center. Her current research focuses on ethical dimensions of utilizing innovative and artificial intelligence technologies in health care, research and trial design ethics, supportive decision making, and end-of-life care decisions. She is particularly interested in systemic and social justice issues arising in health care. Her broader research areas include trust and decision making in clinical and research medicine, family-centered care, health-care resource allocation and disparity, organizational and system ethics in health care, cross-cultural and global health ethics, professional-patient relationship, ethics education for health professionals, disability and pain experiences, and various concepts of autonomy. She is currently completing a book manuscript on AI health monitoring ethics, under contract with Oxford University Press. Extending her research on AI health monitoring to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Anita has been exploring as an Emerson Collective Fellow the ethical dimensions of digital public health monitoring in the context of the surveillance culture and ongoing social unrest, a topic that she first presented as a plenary speaker at the 2020 World Congress of Bioethics/Feminist Approaches to Bioethics.

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    1. Unmasking the Ethics of Public Health Messaging in a Pandemic. J Bioeth Inq. 2021 12; 18(4):549-559. Ho A, Huang V. PMID: 34559377; PMCID: PMC8461593.
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    2. How does Medical Assistance in Dying affect end-of-life care planning discussions? Experiences of Canadian multidisciplinary palliative care providers. Palliat Care Soc Pract. 2021; 15:26323524211045996. Ho A, Norman JS, Joolaee S, Serota K, Twells L, William L. PMID: 34568826; PMCID: PMC8458666.
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    3. Medical assistance in dying legislation: Hospice palliative care providers' perspectives. Nurs Ethics. 2022 Feb; 29(1):231-244. Joolaee S, Ho A, Serota K, Hubert M, Buchman DZ. PMID: 34538192; PMCID: PMC8866752.
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    4. Procedural fairness for radiotherapy priority setting in a low resource context. Bioethics. 2021 Aug 20. DeBoer RJ, Nguyen C, Mutoniwase E, Ho A, Umutesi G, Bigirimana JB, Triedman SA, Shyirambere C. PMID: 34415636.
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    5. Moral Distress and Resilience Associated with Cancer Care Priority Setting in a Resource-Limited Context. Oncologist. 2021 07; 26(7):e1189-e1196. DeBoer RJ, Mutoniwase E, Nguyen C, Ho A, Umutesi G, Nkusi E, Sebahungu F, Van Loon K, Shulman LN, Shyirambere C. PMID: 33969927; PMCID: PMC8265342.
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    6. Towards Equitable AI Interventions for People Who Use Drugs: Key Areas That Require Ethical Investment. J Addict Med. 2021 04 01; 15(2):96-98. Ti L, Ho A, Knight R. PMID: 32833747.
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    7. Relational solidarity and COVID-19: an ethical approach to disrupt the global health disparity pathway. Glob Bioeth. 2021 Mar 15; 32(1):34-50. Ho A, Dascalu I. PMID: 33795927; PMCID: PMC7971301.
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    8. The Surprise Question and Serious Illness Conversations: A pilot study. Nurs Ethics. 2021 Sep; 28(6):1010-1025. Le K, Lee J, Desai S, Ho A, van Heukelom H. PMID: 33686904.
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    9. Are we ready for artificial intelligence health monitoring in elder care? BMC Geriatr. 2020 09 21; 20(1):358. Ho A. PMID: 32957946; PMCID: PMC7504871.
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    10. The Seismic Shift in End-of-Life Care: Palliative Care Challenges in the Era of Medical Assistance in Dying. J Palliat Med. 2021 02; 24(2):189-194. Ho A, Joolaee S, Jameson K, Ng C. PMID: 32584638.
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    11. Taking Family-Centered Care Seriously. Am J Bioeth. 2020 06; 20(6):65-67. Ho A. PMID: 32441599.
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    12. Global Disparity and Solidarity in a Pandemic. Hastings Cent Rep. 2020 May; 50(3):65-67. Ho A, Dascalu I. PMID: 32596908; PMCID: PMC7362165.
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    13. Gatekeeping in cancer clinical trials in Canada: The ethics of recruiting the "ideal" patient. Cancer Med. 2020 06; 9(12):4107-4113. Bell JAH, Kelly MT, Gelmon K, Chi K, Ho A, Rodney P, Balneaves LG. PMID: 32314549; PMCID: PMC7300392.
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    14. Social Determinants of Mental Health and Physician Aid-in-Dying: The Real Moral Crisis. Am J Bioeth. 2019 Oct; 19(10):52-54. Ho A, Norman JS. PMID: 31566494.
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    15. Deep Ethical Learning: Taking the Interplay of Human and Artificial Intelligence Seriously. Hastings Cent Rep. 2019 01; 49(1):36-39. Ho A. PMID: 30790317.
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    16. Facilitating co-learning of medical ethical issues using Facebook. Med Educ. 2018 May; 52(5):560-561. Ho A, Hee N, Teo R. PMID: 29672945.
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    17. Leaving patients to their own devices? Smart technology, safety and therapeutic relationships. BMC Med Ethics. 2018 03 06; 19(1):18. Ho A, Quick O. PMID: 29510750; PMCID: PMC5840769.
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    18. Sowing the SEED for Patient Empowerment. Am J Bioeth. 2017 11; 17(11):42-45. Ho A, Jameson K, Eiser A. PMID: 29111939.
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    19. Reconciling Patient Safety and Epistemic Humility: An Ethical Use of Opioid Treatment Plans. Hastings Cent Rep. 2017 May; 47(3):34-35. Ho A. PMID: 28543418.
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    20. Investigating Trust, Expertise, and Epistemic Injustice in Chronic Pain. J Bioeth Inq. 2017 Mar; 14(1):31-42. Buchman DZ, Ho A, Goldberg DS. PMID: 28005251.
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    21. Assessment of Capacity to Consent by Nurses Who Deliver Health Care to Patients Who Misuse Substances. Glob Qual Nurs Res. 2016 Jan-Dec; 3:2333393616671076. Taylor D, Ho A, Mâsse LC, Van Borek N, Li N, Patterson M, Ogilvie G, Buxton JA. PMID: 28462344; PMCID: PMC5342852.
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    22. An exploratory study of interprofessional collaboration in end-of-life decision-making beyond palliative care settings. J Interprof Care. 2016 Nov; 30(6):795-803. Ho A, Jameson K, Pavlish C. PMID: 27436606.
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    23. Making good death more accessible: end-of-life care in the intensive care unit. Intensive Care Med. 2016 Aug; 42(8):1258-60. Ho A, Tsai DF. PMID: 27260257.
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    24. Preventive Ethics Through Expanding Education. HEC Forum. 2016 Mar; 28(1):69-74. Ho A, MacDonald LM, Unger D. PMID: 25752297.
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    25. You Present like a Drug Addict: Patient and Clinician Perspectives on Trust and Trustworthiness in Chronic Pain Management. Pain Med. 2016 08; 17(8):1394-406. Buchman DZ, Ho A, Illes J. PMID: 26759389; PMCID: PMC4975016.
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    26. [Redéfinir le leadership éthique dans le système de santé du XXIe siècle]. Healthc Manage Forum. 2016 Jan; 29(1):43-6. Ho A, Pinney S. PMID: 26715693.
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    27. Racism and Bioethics: Are We Part of the Problem? Am J Bioeth. 2016; 16(4):23-5. Ho A. PMID: 26982916.
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    28. The Puck Stops Here: Taking Organizational Accountability Seriously. Healthc Q. 2016; 18(4):20-4. Pinney S, Ho A. PMID: 27009703.
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    29. Redefining ethical leadership in a 21st-century healthcare system. Healthc Manage Forum. 2016 Jan; 29(1):39-42. Ho A, Pinney S. PMID: 26656391.
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    30. When Frail Individuals or Their Families Request Nonindicated Interventions: Usefulness of the Four-Box Ethical Approach. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Aug; 63(8):1674-8. Ho A, Spencer M, McGuire M. PMID: 26200024.
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    31. Ethical concerns in caring for elderly patients with cognitive limitations: a capacity-adjusted shared decision-making approach. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Feb 04; 97(3):e16. Ho A, Pinney SJ, Bozic K. PMID: 25653332.
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    32. Power hierarchy and epistemic injustice in clinical ethics consultation. Am J Bioeth. 2015; 15(1):40-2. Ho A, Unger D. PMID: 25562225.
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    33. What's trust got to do with it? Revisiting opioid contracts. J Med Ethics. 2014 Oct; 40(10):673-7. Buchman DZ, Ho A. PMID: 24014642.
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    34. A brief tool to assess capacity to consent for medical care among homeless individuals with problematic substance use: study protocol. Arch Public Health. 2013 May 08; 71(1):11. Taylor D, Masse L, Ho A, Rekart ML, Tyndall M, Henry B, Clifton J, Peters L, Ogilvie G, Buxton J. PMID: 23651056; PMCID: PMC3651044.
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    35. Genetic counseling and the ethical issues around direct to consumer genetic testing. J Genet Couns. 2012 Jun; 21(3):367-73. Hawkins AK, Ho A. PMID: 22290190.
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    36. Health and human rights advocacy: perspectives from a Rwandan refugee camp. Nurs Ethics. 2012 Jul; 19(4):538-49. Pavlish C, Ho A, Rounkle AM. PMID: 22496055.
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    37. Behavioral and psychological symptoms in moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease: a palliative care approach emphasizing recognition of personhood and preservation of dignity. J Alzheimers Dis. 2012; 29(1):1-13. Passmore MJ, Ho A, Gallagher R. PMID: 22207006.
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    38. Lessons from predictive testing for Huntington disease: 25 years on. J Med Genet. 2011 Oct; 48(10):649-50. Hawkins AK, Ho A, Hayden MR. PMID: 21931167.
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    39. The physician as health advocate: translating the quest for social responsibility into medical education and practice. Acad Med. 2011 Sep; 86(9):1108-13. Dharamsi S, Ho A, Spadafora SM, Woollard R. PMID: 21785306.
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    40. Oncologists' view of informed consent and shared decision making in paediatric radiation oncology. Radiother Oncol. 2012 Feb; 102(2):210-3. Olson RA, Bobinski MA, Ho A, Goddard KJ. PMID: 21889223.
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    41. Authenticity as a necessary condition for voluntary choice: a case study in cancer clinical trial participation. Am J Bioeth. 2011 Aug; 11(8):33-5. Bell J, Ho A. PMID: 21806437.
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    42. Comments and response on the USPSTF recommendation on screening for breast cancer. Ann Intern Med. 2010 Apr 20; 152(8):542-3; author reply 543-4. Ho A. PMID: 20157107.
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    43. Pathway to social justice: research on human rights and gender-based violence in a Rwandan refugee cAMP. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2009 Apr-Jun; 32(2):144-57. Pavlish C, Ho A. PMID: 19461231.
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    44. Human rights barriers for displaced persons in southern Sudan. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2009; 41(3):284-92. Pavlish C, Ho A. PMID: 19723277.
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    45. Correcting social ills through mandatory research participation. Am J Bioeth. 2008 Oct; 8(10):39-40. Ho A. PMID: 19003706.
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    46. Relational autonomy or undue pressure? Family's role in medical decision-making. Scand J Caring Sci. 2008 Mar; 22(1):128-35. Ho A. PMID: 18269432.
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    47. Using family members as interpreters in the clinical setting. J Clin Ethics. 2008; 19(3):223-33. Ho A. PMID: 19004432.
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    48. Family and informed consent in multicultural setting. Am J Bioeth. 2006 Jan-Feb; 6(1):26-8; discussion W27-8. Ho A. PMID: 16423783.
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