Ethics Video Library
These presentations contain views that are those of the speaker and not necessarily those of Providence Center for Health Care Ethics.
Recorded October 17, 2017 - Ralf Jox, M.D., PhD summarizes existing empirical evidence and discusses possible ethical approaches in this presentation. He describes patients who lack decision-making capacity who may display non-verbal behavior such as refusing eating or nursing care that can complicate the medical decision making process by the treating teams and surrogate decision makers. Such behavior is not only difficult to interpret, but also difficult to reconcile with standard ethical and legal criteria or directions contained in advance care planning.
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Recorded October 17, 2017 - Ralf Jox, M.D., PhD will demonstrate that some forms of professional support for VSED are equivalent to assisted suicide. Voluntarily stopping of eating and drinking (VSED) has been increasingly advocated as a more humane and less ethically problematic alternative to assisted suicide. Additionally, some patients and groups are advocating for including VSED in advance care planning documentation which may expand the use of advance directives beyond widely accepted standards.
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