Today's health ethics issues have been made much more complex by advances in biotechnology, increased health risks, the pressures of the marketplace, and far-reaching global influences. Health care practitioners need to understand issues of power and control, of diversity and difference, and of vulnerability and suffering. Relational ethics (RE) bases ethical practice in relationships and commitments to one another. In my research program, I aim to advance the theoretical basis of relational ethics by exploring its core
elements; identify relational ethics issues related to the care of individuals who
are especially vulnerable; describe the presence or absence of relational ethics in certain settings, in particular psychiatric and mental health settings; gain further understanding of health practitioners' accountability and of the environmental factors necessary to support ethical practice; use relational ethics to provide information on research ethics; consider relational ethics as a potential framework for global discussion on health ethics.