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Materialising and fostering organisational morisprudence through ethics support tools
  1. Bert Molewijk
  1. Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Prof Bert Molewijk, Department of Ethics, Law and Humanities, Amsterdam UMC Locatie VUmc, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; a.molewijk{at}

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In their paper (‘Morisprudence: a theoretical framework for studying the relationship linking moral case deliberation, organisational learning and quality improvement‘),1 Kok et al addresses an important topic: how to theoretically think about studying the impact of moral case deliberations and how to conceptualise organisational learning? In this article, they aim to develop a theoretical framework that provides empirically assessable hypotheses that describe the relationship between moral case deliberation and care quality at an organisational level. The authors describe care quality mostly in terms of practical wisdom which they aggregate into both individual and organisational morisprudence. Morisprudence is defined as an ongoing formulation of moral judgements. However, it remains a bit unclear how the theoretical framework of Kok et al may lead to empirically assessable hypotheses. Concepts like ‘quality’, ‘quality of care’, ‘practical wisdom’ and ‘individual and organisational morisprudence’ are not described in detail, let alone operationalised in measurable terms. How should we understand morisprudence in empirical terms? What is a good morisprudence? And how should we measure or conclude whether morisprudence has been improved (or not)?

Multiple goals of MCD and multiple ways of learning

The authors rightfully focus on the need for organisational learning during and through Moral Case Deliberation (MCD). Too often, MCD is only described as the discussion of one patient’s case, thereby implicitly suggesting that the learning process only takes place at the level of an individual case. Yet, based on many years of MCD evaluation research, we know from mostly …

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