Much of the issues involved in medical ethics revolve around the issue of illness and the preservation of life. As Palliative Care deals with patients and families at the transitions of care, issues surrounding medical ethics become more common. There is increasing public discussion in areas such as withholding and withdrawal of treatment, mental capacity, medical futility and physician assisted suicide and euthanasia. Those involved in palliative care should be aware of both ethical issues as well as the clinical evidence that should guide their practice.
This workshop deals with many of the ethical issues in palliative care mainly through case discussions.
These 2 days of the workshop will cover the following areas:
- The place of ethics in palliative care
- Evaluating an ethical case
- Ethical communication: collusion, consent and confidentiality
- Withdrawing and withholding treatment
- The ‘difficult patient’
- Physician assisted suicide
- Advanced medical directive and advanced care planning
- Palliative sedation
- Ethics at the end of life