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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

Save the Date: New Hospital Ethics Committee Member Training

Please save the date for a New Hospital Ethics Committee Member Training at Dartmouth Hitchcock on March 2, 2020.

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VEN Ethics Survey Results

View the results of our Ethics Survey for Vermont & New Hampshire conducted in the summer of 2019.

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Webinar on Advance Care Planning: Considerations for Individuals with Dementia or Alzheimer’s

The Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging will be hosting a webinar on advance care planning considerations for individuals with Dementia or Alzheimer's on Friday, November 15, 1pm-2pm. Facilitated by Cindy Bruzzese, MPA, MSB and Zail Berry, MD, MPH.

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TalkVermont Course Announced for December

TalkVermont: Late Goals of Care is a one-day interactive course based on the national Vital Talk program, designed for practitioners who lead serious illness conversations (physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, social workers, nurses, and chaplains) with patients and families.

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To Die Well, We Must Talk About Death Before the End of Life (PBS NewsHour)

It’s a simple fact that 100 percent of us will die. Conversations about our future health care and what’s important to us — called advance care planning — have shown distinct benefits.

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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 awareness effort.

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