October 30, 2014
The Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care (MNHPC) is the state's leading hospice and palliative care network. It brings together providers, business partners, individuals and donors to increase knowledge, access services, and strengthen adv...
October 29, 2014
Jahi McMath was adjudicated as legally dead in December 2013. Her family has yet to deliver any cogent, definitive evidence that supports changing her diagnosis. Can they? Will they?
If Jahi's family can establish (with independent expert ...
October 27, 2014
A nice video by Stanley Terman reviewing the Margot Bentley case now on appeal in British Columbia.
October 26, 2014
Adam Webb at Emory provides an excellent and accessible overview of the medical and ethical issues involved in brain death in this recent webinar for the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
October 25, 2014
Ethical dilemmas commonly arise in healthcare regarding patients who are unable to make their own medical decisions.
- Who is best positioned to speak for these patients, and what decisions should we allow them to make?
- What if the patient has no friends or close family members, or close relatives disagree on the best course of action?
- Should there be a limit on what parents can decide for minor children?
Cases involving decisions by others are often the most difficult cases that health care providers confront. Yet policies pertaining to such decisions are frequently problematic, and education for providers about these issues is rarely prioritized.
The UAMS Intensive Healthcare Ethics Workshop for 2015 aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to share research and experiences about decision-making for others. The workshop is designed for only a limited number of participants in order to be highly interactive, and will include keynote speaker and small group sessions, as well as submitted papers and posters.
Jessica Berg, JD, MPH
Interim Dean, Professor of Law and Biomedical Ethics, and Associate Director of the Law-Medicine Center
Case Western Reserve University
Douglas B. White, MD, MAS
UPMC Endowed Chair for Ethics in Critical Care Medicine and Director, Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
D. Micah Hester, PhD
Chief, Division of Medical Humanities, Clinical Ethicist
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital
October 24, 2014
Today, October 24, is Jahi McMath's birthday. She is 14 years old today. Or is she?
It is hard to tell, because there remains uncertainty over whether she is alive or dead.