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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The CCCTG aspires to be an equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization where all members, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feel valued and respected. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are heard and valued. The CCCTG is committed to a non-discriminatory approach in all our interactions and to provide equitable and inclusive opportunities to all our members. Moreover, we are committed to modeling equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) for the entire critical care community.

To provide informed, authentic leadership for equity, diversity, and inclusion, the CCCTG and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Lead will strive to:

  • Bring a lens of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to all CCCTG activities
  • See equity, diversity and inclusion as connected to our mission and critical to ensure the well being of our members and the communities we serve
  • Acknowledge and dismantle inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and update and report on our progress.
  • Explore potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.
  • Practice and encourage transparent communication in all interactions around equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Lead with respect and tolerance. We expect members to embrace this notion and to express it in interactions and everyday practices.

There is an EDI Committee of the Board of Directors of CCCTG, and an EDI Working Group of the COVID-19 Network of Clinical Trials Networks. Both seek to advance equity-focused health care through equity-focused research. Specifically, they will 1) integrate EDI-related considerations in research design and practices; 2) promote equitable and inclusive participation in the research system, including on research teams; 3) collect data and conduct analyses needed to include EDI considerations in decision-making; 4) engage diverse communities of patients, citizens and /or advocates in the design and conduct of research, and dissemination of results. Also, the Working Group will work with various partners and networks, such as the patient and family working group, to promote EDI.


Addressing healthcare inequities in Canadian critical care through inclusive science: a pilot tool for standardized data collection. Yiyan Li PhD, Kirsten Fiest PhD, Karen EA Burns MD MSc, Katie O’Hearn MSc, Christina Maratta MDCM MPH, Kusum Menon MD MSc, Bram Rochwerg MD MSc, Srinivas Murthy MD, Rob Fowler MD MSc, Sangeeta Mehta MD, on behalf of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group.‚Äč Canadian Journal of Anesthesia - In press.

Mehta, Sangeeta; Ahluwalia, Nanki; Heybati, Kiyan; Burns, Karen E. A. ; Owais, Sawayra ; Cook, Deborah J. , for the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. Diversity of Authors of Publications From the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. Critical Care Medicine: August 13, 2021. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000005284