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SEMI-PLENARY SESSIONS
Health and medicine sociology

Ethics and medical communication regarding life-sustaining treatments

From
June 30, 2021 13:15
to
June 30, 2021 14:45
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Organizers

Anca-Cristina Sterie, CHUV | Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois

Speakers

Prof. Sara Rubinelli, Dept of Health Sciences and Medicine, University of Lucerne

Anca Sterie, Ph.D., Lausanne University Hospital

Sarah Vilpert, Ph.D, HEC, University of Lausanne and FORS

Justice is one of the principles that governs biomedical ethics, alongside the concepts of patient autonomy (the right of any individual to determine the medical measures they tolerate), nonmaleficence (avoiding the causation of harm), and beneficence (balancing the benefits of treatment against its risks). In health care ethics, the principle of justice is linked to an equal and equitable distribution of, and access to, resources. In this panel, we explore the ethical dimensions of medical communication regarding life-sustaining treatments (such as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and intensive care), with a focus on communication regarding the access of certain vulnerable groups, such as older adults, during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Speakers: 

  • Sarah Vilpert, Ph.D, HEC, University of Lausanne and FORS. “Sociodemographic differences in end-of-life care planning among older adults in Switzerland”
  • Anca Sterie, Ph.D., Lausanne University Hospital. "Communication ethics in discussing life-sustaining treatments with older adults"
  • Prof. Sara Rubinelli, Dept of Health Sciences and Medicine, University of Lucerne. "Medical communication in time of disinformation"