Rev. John Appiah-Poku

2002 Trainee

Rev. John Appiah-Poku is an ordained Priest who studied theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, MD. He is currently Dean of the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences in the College of Health Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi, Ghana. He has designed and taught courses in medical ethics at the university for the past 22 years. He is the only member of the university trained in theological ethics, and as a result he has played an important role consulting on ethical issues in medical health care at the teaching hospital where he is based. In terms of research He has been interested in informed consent procedures as well as examining the role of a second party in patient care. He is currently studying the impact of infectious diseases on the mental development of children and informed consent in four major clinical disciplines. He also has been involved in studying elements of disclosure and intentional non-disclosure between doctors and patients in research and therapy. He sits on the Institutional Review Board at the university and advises colleagues on ethical aspects of their collaborative research protocols. He has published papers on Informed Consent and Patient Compliance as well as on the Perceived Role of Accompanying Relatives at the Psychiatric Department at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. Father Appiah-Poku created a research project for his practicum to explore the perceived benefits among research participants who are enrolled in a genetic epidemiology study of tuberculosis at Kumasi Hospital in Ghana. This work has been accepted for publication by Developing World Bioethics. He is now working on the reported motives for joining research by research subjects as well as the effects of anti-psychotic drugs on the biochemical profile of psychiatric patients at the Teaching Hospital.

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