Suffering, Death and Palliative Care
Activiteiten van diverse organisaties
|Begin||Dinsdag 26 Februari 2013 13:30|
|Einde||Vrijdag 1 Maart 2013 15:30|
|Beschrijving||Advanced European Bioethics Course
Course Profile and Objectives
New developments in health care strengthen a potential of medical utopia, the promise of a better life for everyone. This process influences the way societies and individuals deal with the end of life and with questions regarding the meaning of suffering and death. These questions require thorough conceptual interpretation as well as ethical reflection. In the international discussion, an important topic is whether medically hastening death is a proper means to preserve human dignity and quality of life. An important alternative is palliative care, defined by the WHO as the active total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. The question if adequate palliative care helps prevent the call for euthanasia needs to be carefully investigated. Attitudes towards death and dying, and the ethical aspects of continuing or foregoing medical treatment, and of medically assisted death receive considerable attention in this course. In addition, the dimensions of spirituality, rituals and intercultural diversity are covered.
Objective of the course is to educate the participants on two main aspects: ethical questions of palliative care and medically assisted death, and philosophical, theological and medical reflections on the concepts of death and suffering.
Course Subjects and Methods
The course consists of a series of lectures, discussions, parallel sessions and audiovisual materials centered around a variety of topics: autonomy and dependence; palliative sedation and euthanasia; spirituality and palliative care; quality of life and a good death; scientific research in palliative care; moral deliberation.
The parallel sessions are devoted to in-depth small group discussions and moral deliberation on different real life cases and particular contemporary issues in the area of end-of-life decisions. Each group will consist of ten to fifteen participants, led by a faculty member. The course language is English. The diversity among both faculty and participants stimulates fruitful exchange of ideas and enhances understanding of others’ professional and cultural perspectives on suffering, death and palliative care.