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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

Register Now for the Respecting Choices ACP National Courses (Live Interactive Webinars)

Want to make your advance care planning (ACP) conversations better and help people make decisions by understanding what matters most to them? Want to have conversations that are more productive and satisfying for all involved? Sign up for Respecting Choices’ national ACP virtual courses. These courses have helped participants become better communicators for over 20 years.

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Presentation Recordings: VEN Spring 2023 Palliative Care Series

Missed a session? All recordings from the 2023 Palliative Care Virtual Education Series are now available to watch on our website.

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VT DNR/COLST Form: Updated 2022 Form for Clinician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

On June 1, 2022, the updated VT DNR/COLST form took effect. All new orders should be completed on this form if possible, although orders on previously approved VT DNR/COLST forms remain legal and valid. Learn more about the updated form and best practices for clinicians completing these orders by watching our Information Session video and reviewing the accompanying slide deck.

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