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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

Countdown to National Healthcare Decisions Day 2020 (April 16)

April 16, 2020 is National Healthcare Decisions Day! Please join us in a statewide effort to spread awareness of the importance of advance care planning.

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A New Relationship Between Death & Well-Being Is Emerging (Mind Body Green)

More often than not, we only talk about death when we have to—when it's happening to us or someone we love, or once it's already happened. But in recent years, we've seen the way society thinks about death changing—so much so, that in the year 2020, we expect death to become an integral part of wellness.

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A Matter of Heart: A Father’s Reflections on Advance Care Planning

In an article I called, Because I’m a Dad, I explained that having an advance directive is a way of extending my fatherly caring into a future when I will be the object of attention – and emotional distress. So, after filling out the required sections of my advance directive, I added a handwritten message to my wife, daughters and the rest of my family, which says...

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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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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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