null Franco Carnevale, RN, PhD

Investigator, RI-MUHC

Child Health and Human Development Program

Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University



culture • pediatric critical care • ethics • nursing • pediatrics

Research Focus

My research focuses on pediatric ethics. I study ethical dilemmas in pediatric critical care in Canada, France and Italy, and moral distress in pediatrics, as well as ethical concerns regarding the care of children requiring assistive technologies (e.g., a ventilator) at home. My additional research interests include the experience of critically ill children and their families, pain and suffering in children, and methodological issues in qualitative research. We have developed an interdisciplinary research program on childhood ethics that brings together researchers from the health sciences, social sciences, childhood education and humanities. This program sensitizes health professionals to important ethical concerns regarding children and families with the aim of inspiring improvements in educational programs, policy development and clinical practice.

Selected Publications

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  • Carnevale FA, Farrell C, Cremer R, Canoui P, Séguret S, Gaudreault J, de Bérail B, Lacroix J, Leclerc F, Hubert P. Struggling to do what is right for the child: Pediatric Life-Support Decisions among Physicians and Nurses in France and Quebec. Journal of Child Health Care 16(2):109-23, 2012. PMID: 22247181.

  • Carnevale, F.A. (2013). Charles Taylor, hermeneutics and social imaginaries: a framework for ethics research. Nursing Philosophy, 14(2), 86-95. PMID: 23480035.

  • Carnevale FA. Listening authentically to youthful voices: A conception of the moral agency of children. In: Storch JL, Rodney P, Starzomski S (ds.), Toward a moral horizon: Nursing ethics for leadership and practice (2nd ed). Pearson Education: Canada, 315-32, 2012.

  • Carnevale, F.A. & Gaudreault, J. (2013). The experience of critically ill children: A phenomenological study of discomfort and comfort. Dynamics – Journal of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, 24(1), 19-27. Award: Article was awarded the 2012-2013 Edwards Life Sciences Editorial Award by the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses. PMID: 23691718.

  • Carnevale, F.A., Campbell, A., Collin-Vézina, D., & Macdonald, M.E. Interdisciplinary Studies of Childhood Ethics: Developing a New Field of Inquiry. Children & Society, DOI: 10.1111/chso.12063.