A Benjamin Rabinowitz Symposium in Medical Ethics
Date: Friday April 13, 2018, 9.45am-5.00pm
Location: Waterfront Activities Center of the University of Washington, Great Room
Medical Ethics has often focused on the relationships between patients and healthcare workers. And yet much healthcare and social support comes from, or is expected from, family, friends and the community. Additionally, treatment decision-making does not fall to patients alone – e.g. guardians may make decisions about continuing or halting treatment. How should we understand the roles of these groups in providing care and support? Which communities or forms of support are most meaningful? What role should the state and citizens play in comparison to families and friends? Who should be included in medical decision-making? Who counts as ‘family’ and should ‘family’ really count?
This one-day interdisciplinary symposium poses and aims to answer questions of these kind, focusing particularly on patients or care-givers who are vulnerable, marginalized or oppressed.