Coronavirus Update: Ethics Considerations, Guidance and Resources.
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Medical ethics is a field of study that draws from philosophy, law and medicine. There are four core principles in bioethics that define the ethical obligations that health care providers owe to patients. The application of these principles to individual cases can be helpful in resolving difficult questions that arise in health care.Learn More
Palliative care is specialized care that is directed at managing the symptoms of those who are living with serious or advanced illness. It is appropriate for individuals who are seeking treatment for their disease, as well as for those who have shifted their goals to a more comfort-directed plan of care.Learn More
In recent months, Covid‐19 has devastated African American communities across the nation, and a Minneapolis police officer murdered George Floyd. The agents of death may be novel, but the phenomena of long‐standing epidemics of premature black death and of police violence are not.Read Essay »
With some reluctance, I’ve come to the sad realization the Covid-19 pandemic has been a stress test for bioethics, a field of study that intersects medicine, law, the humanities and the social sciences. As both a physician and medical ethicist, I arrived at this conclusion after spending months at what was once the epicenter of the pandemic: New York City. I was overseeing a 24/7 bioethics consultation service.Read Article »
Free digital events in July and August are designed to help attendees be prepared and take control of their medical decisions in advance of a health crisis. Hosted by Kitchen Table Conversations and Reimagine.Learn More & Register »
It’s long past time to end the disproportionate, unjust and unnatural impact of disease on black Americans and other people of color. Diseases—like COVID-19—do not discriminate. Yet they spread more rapidly among those discriminated against.Read Article »
Growing evidence shows most infected people aren’t spreading the virus. But whether you become a superspreader probably depends more on circumstance than biology.Read Article »
Please save the date for VEN's Fall Palliative Care Conference on Monday, November 9 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. Our goal is to host an in-person conference with appropriate social distancing. If that is not advisable or permitted, we are making contingency plans to convert this offering to a virtual event. Additional details and registration available soon.Learn More »
For many of our hospitalized patients in palliative care, the presence of loved ones at the bedside is such a given that we don’t even address it explicitly in advance care planning discussions. So, it comes as no surprise that Covid-19-related visitor restrictions affecting hospitalized patients might impact end-of-life decision-making, potentially in ways that are ethically problematic.Read Article »
Columbia University School of Professional Studies is offering a free webinar on July 14 at 6:30pm EDT. This interactive discussion with Lydia Dugdale, MD, MAR will offer a hopeful perspective on death and dying.Learn More & Register »
Conversations about advance directives are important to ensure dignity in life and in death. In one nationally representative survey, however, older black Americans were half as likely as older whites to have advance directives.Read Article »
The coronavirus has left tens of thousands of grief-stricken American families struggling to make sense of the seemingly random terror it inflicts, sickening many but only taking some lives. But for many black families, mourning coronavirus deaths brings an added burden as they wonder whether racial bias may have played a role.Read Article »
In the current pandemic, it’s not something you can put off any longer. Now, more than ever, you need to have multiple conversations. Why? It helps normalize the topic.Read Article »