by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
This week is host is National Healthcare Decisions Day. The goal of this April 16th event is to “inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.” Events are being held nation-wide to encourage people to complete advance directive forms as well as to have conversations with their friends and family about end-of-life health care wishes.
The latest study shows that 26% of people in general have completed advance directives. For those over age 65, the completion rate is 51%. Completion rates are higher among whites than other racial/ethnic groups, higher in those with more education than those with less, higher for those with higher incomes, and higher among widows than any other marital status group.…
Rachelle Barina, MTS and Devan Stahl, MDiv
Northwestern Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program recently published its 2014 issue of Atrium, titled “Bad Girls.” In the issue, William Peace writes an article about “Head Nurses,” which is accompanied by an overtly sexual image (see page 20). “Head nurses” were women who gave young paralyzed men like himself blowjobs in the late 1970s. Peace describes “shapely young women” giving “world-class blowjobs” to men who were worried their “dicks” did not work and they could not “fuck.” Peace describes his own despair and his anticipated encounter with a “head nurse.” Peace nostalgically claims, “This woman was able to provide me a level of care and a connection that no longer exists.” “She reaffirmed my manhood and masculinity in a way I will forever appreciate.” “[T]he nurse injected a compassionate eroticism that made me a better man,” and ultimately, “…gave me myself”
Peace’s narrative is a worn-out and objectifying trope.…
As part of its ongoing effort to support bioethics education, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) has developed and posted to Bioethics.gov a new primer to inform institutional review boards (IRBs) and their members on the ethical management of incidental and secondary findings. The Bioethics Commission designed the IRB Primer to aid IRB […]
IT’S HERE! Today is the 7th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day!
ACTIVITIES/RESOURCES: Even if you have your own resources, please also direct patients, residents, clients, and the public to the resources at: http://www.nhdd.org There are free resources that people can care with loved ones throughout the country.
LEAD BY EXAMPLE: As always, please encourage others by your example. Here’s a simple message you can send/post to your family and friends tomorrow:
Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day. I have had a talk about advance care planning with my loved ones. Have you? Free information, forms, tools, and an incredible video are at: www.nhdd.org Do it today.
SPREAD THE WORD FURTHER: Please share NHDD information with your members/contacts/colleagues by forwarding this email or a link to www.nhdd.org or NHDD on Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn
JOIN US: If you are receiving this email second-hand (or have not previously confirmed participation), please let us know who you are by completing the short participant confirmation here: http://www.nhdd.org/join/
DON’T FORGET THE REST OF THE YEAR: NHDD is our rallying day, but advance care planning is important throughout the year. Continue to use the NHDD resources and always be on the lookout for activities to make NHDD even better.
And the discussion continues. From Paul writing to Volume 64:I wonder what women in general, as well as female nurses ,female techs, and other female providers would think if the gender numbers were reversed?Imagine you go in for a routine exam w…
As readers of this blog know, Medicare costs loom large in our nation’s future. If we do not find a way to control Medicare spending, it’s hard to imagine any way to remain a solvent nation. As we continue to … Continue reading →
From August 13-15 2014, the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia will be hosting the International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice. The call for abstracts closes Wednesday, April 30.
ICEL 2014 will provide a global forum at which health law scholars, bioethicists, legal and health practitioners, and health law and bioethics institutions can meet to discuss and present on law, ethics, policy and practice relating to the end of life. Abstracts on the conference’s four sub-themes are particularly welcome:
- Withholding and withdrawal of potentially life-sustaining treatment (e.g. advance care planning, futile treatment)
- Palliative care and terminal sedation
- Euthanasia and assisted suicide
- Determination of death and organ and tissue donation
Here are some highlights:
- Debate on ethics of euthanasia and assisted suicide — Professor Peter Singer, Princeton University & Assistant Professor Charles Camosy, Fordham University
- How we die — Dr Peter Saul, John Hunter Hospital & Professor Michael Ashby, Royal Hobart Hospital and Southern Tasmania Health Organisation (THO)
- Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment — Professor Jocelyn Downie, Dalhousie University
- Panel sessions: Comparative flash points in end of life law, ethics and policy
- Terminal sedation — Professor Shelia McLean, Glasgow University
- Determination of death — Dr Dale Gardiner, Nottingham University Hospitals
- Assisted death practice: Research from around the world
by Patricia Mayer, MD, Bioethics Program Alumna (2009) Last week the Tennessee legislature voted to approve a bill that criminalizes drug use in pregnancy. Mothers can now be charged with criminal assault if a child is born addicted, harmed or dies as a result of pre-natal use of narcotics. The bill, amended to preclude charges […]