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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

May 29, 2019 - VEN Spring Palliative Care Conference: Listening, Language & the Power of Truth-Telling

Complete agenda, event details, and registration are now available. Mark your calendars and register today!

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National Health Care Decisions Day & Vermont Advance Directive Week 2019

April 16th is National Health Care Decisions Day and April 14th – 19th is Vermont Advance Directive Week. This April, we invite you to join people across the country in making your future health care preferences known! Learn more about advance care planning activities in your area.

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April 8, 2019 - 49th Meeting of the NH/VT Ethics Committees: Health Care Privacy in the Age of Twitter

This conference aims to explore the ethical conflicts that arise in the world of social media when personal and professional boundaries collide.
Note: The Rural Ethics Network will meet from 10:00 am – 11:30 am in Auditorium G prior to the afternoon session.

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