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Vermont Ethics Network

Working to increase awareness of ethical issues, values and choices in health and health care.

Medical Decision-Making

Medical Decision-Making

Taking Steps Vermont

There may come a time when you are unable to speak for yourself. The best way to ensure that your wishes are known and honored is to talk with those closest to you and your health care providers about what matters most.

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Medical Ethics

Medical Ethics

Relevant Topics in Bioethics

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.

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Palliative & End-of-Life Care

Palliative & End-of-Life Care

Information for those living with serious illness

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.

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Latest News & Upcoming Events

What Are Your Ethics Needs? Let Us Know!

VEN is conducting a survey about the clinical ethics questions and/or concerns that arise in your organization, as well as staff training and/or resource needs that would be beneficial to you. Your input is valuable.

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Advance Care Planning Volunteer Training Opportunity (Brattleboro)

Brattleboro Area Hospice is offering a training opportunity this fall that enables volunteers to help fellow community members complete advance directives.

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Hospice Volunteer Training Opportunities - Fall 2019

Learn more about hospice volunteer training opportunities across the state.

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October 7 – The 50th Meeting of the NH/VT Ethics Committees | Physician Aid in Dying: The Controversy Continues

Whatever their position on the controversy, health care professionals have an ethical duty to be knowledgeable about this evolving end of life option. Join the NH/VT Ethics Committees as they discuss the ethics of this emotional and sensitive issue.

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National Health Care Decisions Day & Vermont Advance Directive Week 2019

April 16th was National Health Care Decisions Day and April 14th – 19th was Vermont Advance Directive Week. Learn about what we and our partners accomplished statewide through a coordinated advance care planning awareness effort.

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