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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

Aid in Dying Soon Will be Available to More Americans. Few Will Choose It. (New York Times)

By October, more than one in five U.S. adults will be able to obtain lethal prescriptions if terminally ill. But for those who try, obstacles remain.

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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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Lawsuit Highlights State Role in Regulating Regenerative Medicine

New York case is the latest action against unproven stem cell interventions and other ‘treatments’.

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Community Advance Care Planning Events

Check out these advance care planning related educational events happening around the state this summer.

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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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