End-of-life Bioethics: Engaging the Public
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This is a Hutzler-Rives Memorial Lecture hosted by the Berman Institute of Bioethics. Lunch will be provided.
Not many people want to think about the end of their lives, but it will happen to all of us. Health care professionals and bioethicists know better than most how much one’s values enter into health care decisions when someone is dying. When ethics committees and other health care groups work on policies about such things as patients who stop eating and drinking, or decisions about life-sustaining (or death-prolonging) medical treatments, or policies about allocating organs to neuro-developmentally delayed children—to name a few-- how should we engage the public in understanding and participating in that process?
Christine Mitchell is Executive Director of the Center for Bioethics and Senior Lecturer in the Master of Bioethics and Bioethics Fellowship programs at Harvard Medical School.