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Franco Carnevale


franco.carnevale [at] (Email)
Fax: 1-514-398-8455
Wilson Hall (room 210)
McGill University, 3506 University St.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2A7

Academic background

Franco Carnevale has completed his undergraduate nursing degree, master's degrees in nursing, education, and bioethics, and a doctorate in counseling psychology at McGill University, as well a master’s degree in philosophy at Université de Sherbrooke. He has also completed graduate studies in health law, anthropology, and cultural psychiatry.


Dr Carnevale's primary research interests include a wide range of concerns in pediatric ethics.

Academic appointments (McGill University)

Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine (Pediatrics)
Adjunct Professor, Counselling Psychology
Affiliate Member, Biomedical Ethics Unit

Clinical appointments

Dr Carnevale is Chair of the Pediatric Ethics Committee and Associate Member of Pediatric Critical Care at the Montreal Children's Hospital-McGill University Health Centre, as well as Clinical Ethics Consultant at Le Phare, Enfants et Familles (pediatric hospice and respite care). He is also a licensed psychologist.

National/international appointments

Board Member, World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies
Former President, Canadian Association of Pediatric Nurses
Chair, Nursing Program, 3rd World Congress on Pediatric intensive Care

Selected publications

Carnevale, F.A. (2009). A Conceptual and Moral Analysis of Suffering. Nursing Ethics, 16(2), 174-183.

Shrier, I., Boivin, J-F., Platt, R.W., Steele, R.J., Brophy, J., Carnevale, F.A., Eisenberg, M.J., Furlan, A., Kakuma, R., Macdonald, M.E., Pilote, L., & Rossignol, M. (2008). The interpretation of meta-analyses: an objective or subjective process? BioMed Central Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 8:19.

Towers, A., Carnevale, F.A., & Baker, M.E. (2008). The psychosocial effects of cancer-related lymphedema. Journal of Palliative Care, 24(3), 134-143.

Carnevale, F.A., Rehm, R.S., Kirk, S., McKeever, P. (2008). What we know (and do not know) about raising children with complex continuing care needs. Journal of Child Health Care, 12(1), 4-6.

Carnevale, F.A., Macdonald, M.E., Bluebond-Langner, M., & McKeever, P. (2008). Using Participant Observation in Pediatric Health Care Settings: Intellectual Demands and Ethical Solutions. Journal of Child Health Care, 12(1), 18-32.

Macdonald, M.E. & Carnevale, F.A. (2008). Qualitative Health Research and the “Illumination Test”: Answering the “So What?” with Qualitative Inquiry. Journal of Academic Ethics, 6, 1-5.

St-Laurent, T., Carnevale, F.A., & Duval, M. (2008). Pediatric palliative care: A qualitative study of physicians’ perspectives in a tertiary care university hospital. Journal of Palliative Care, 24(1), 26-30.

Macdonald, M.E., Liben, S., Carnevale, F.A., & Cohen, S.R. (2008). Signs of Life and Signs of Death: Brain Death and other Mixed Messages at the End-Of-Life. Journal of Child Health Care, 12(2), 93-106.

Carnevale, F.A. (2007). The birth of tragedy in pediatrics. A phronetic conception of bioethics. Nursing Ethics, 14(5), 571-582.

Macdonald, M.E., Carnevale, F.A., Razack, S. (2007). Understanding What Residents Want and What Residents Need: The Challenge of Cultural Training in Pediatrics. Medical Teacher, 29(5), 464-471.

Carnevale, F.A., Canoui, P., Cremer, R., Farrell, C., Doussau, A., Seguin, M-J., Hubert, P., Leclerc, F., & Lacroix, J. (2007). Parental involvement in treatment decisions regarding their critically ill child: A comparative study of France and Quebec. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 8(4), 337-342.

Carnevale, F.A. (2007). Revisiting Goffman’s stigma: Families with children requiring mechanical ventilation at home. Journal of Child Health Care, 11(1), 7-18.

Cranley Glass, K. & Carnevale, F.A. (2006). Decisional Challenges for Children Requiring Assisted Ventilation at Home. HEC Forum, 18, 207-221.

Earle, R, Rennick, J.E., & Carnevale, F.A., Davis, M. (2006). “It’s ok. It helps me to breathe: The experience of long-term technology dependence from a child’s perspective. Journal of Child Health Care, 10(4), 270-282.

Carnevale, F.A., Alexander, E., Davis, M., Rennick, J.E., & Troini, R. (2006). Daily living with distress and enrichment: The moral experience of families with ventilator assisted children at home. Pediatrics, 117(1), e48-60.

Carnevale, F.A., Canoui, P., Hubert, P., Farrell, C., Leclerc, F., Doussau, A., Seguin, M.J., & Lacroix, J. (2006). The moral experience of parents regarding life-support decisions for their critically ill child: A preliminary study in France. Journal of Child Health Care, 10, 69-82.

Macdonald, M.E., Liben, S., Carnevale, F.A., Rennick, J.E., Wolf, S.L., Meloche, D., & Cohen, S.R. (2005). Parental perspectives on hospital staff acts of kindness and commemoration after a child’s death. Pediatrics, 116, 884-890.

Chambers-Evans, J. & Carnevale, F.A. (2005). Dawning of awareness: The experience of surrogate decision-making at the end of life. Journal of Clinical Ethics, 16(1), 28.45.

Carnevale, F.A. (2005). The palliation of dying: A Heideggerian analysis of the “technologization” of death. Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 5(1), 1-12.

Carnevale, F.A. (2005). Ethical care of the critically ill child: A conception of a ‘thick’ bioethics. Nursing Ethics, 12(3), 239-252.

Ducharme, C., Carnevale, F.A., Clermont, M.S., & Shea, S. (2005). A prospective study of adverse reactions to the weaning of opioids and benzodiazepines among critically ill children. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 21, 179-186.

Rashotte, J. & Carnevale, F.A. (2004). Medical and nursing clinical decision making: A comparative epistemological analysis. Nursing Philosophy, 5, 160-174.

Powell, M.L. & Carnevale, F.A. (2004). A comparison between single and double-pump syringe changes of intravenous inotropic medications in children. Dynamics - Official Journal of The Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, 15(4), 10-14.

Milette, I.H. & Carnevale, F.A. (2003). I’m trying to heal: Noise levels in a pediatric intensive care unit. Dynamics - Official Journal of The Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, 14(4), 14-21.

Carnevale, F.A. (2003). S’efforcer de soigner : La psychologie morale des soins infirmiers. Enseignement supérieur en soins infirmiers adultes et pédiatriques. Elsevier: Paris. 210-212.

Cranley Glass, K. & Carnevale, F.A. (2002). Learning from the experience of others: Ethical issues surrounding the use of clinical data for teaching and other professional activities. Annals of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 35(8), 571-573.

Alexander, E., Rennick, J.E., Carnevale, F.A., & Davis, M. (2002). Daily struggles: The experience of families with children requiring assisted ventilation at home. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 34(4), 7-14.

Carnevale, F.A. (2002). Authentic Qualitative Research and the Quest for Methodological Rigor. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 34(2), 121-128.

Alexander, E., Carnevale, F.A., & Razack, S. (2002). Evaluation of a sedation protocol for intubated critically ill children. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 18, 292-301.

Gallant, M.H., Beaulieu, M.C., & Carnevale, F.A. (2002). Partnership: an analysis of the concept within the nurse-client relationship. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 40(2), 149-157.

Carnevale, F.A. & Razack, S. (2002). An item analysis of the COMFORT scale in a pediatric intensive care unit. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 3(2), 177-180.

Séguin, M.J., Carnevale, F.A., Charland, S., Vallée, D., & Vincent, C. (2002). Dilemmes éthiques des infirmières aux soins intensifs pédiatriques. Actualités en soins infirmiers de réanimation. Elsevier: Paris, 279-281.

Carnevale, F.A. (1999). Toward a cultural conception of the self. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 37(8), 26-31.

Carnevale, F.A. (1999). 'Striving to recapture our previous life' ‑ The experience of families of critically ill children. Dynamics - Official Journal of The Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, 10(1), 16‑22.

Carnevale, F.A. (1998). The utility of futility: The construction of bioethical problems. Nursing Ethics, 5(6), 509‑517.

Carnevale, F.A. & Ducharme, C. (1997). Adverse reactions to the withdrawal of opioids and benzodiazepines in paediatric intensive care. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 13(4), 181‑188.

Schultz, D.S. & Carnevale, F.A. (1996). Engagement and suffering in responsible caregiving: On overcoming maleficence in health care. Theoretical Medicine, 17(3), 189‑207.

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