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Interdisciplinary Symposium: Organizing Ethics in the Hospital

From models of ethics consultation to everyday ethics in nursing homes and in the community

Healthcare institutions have been striving for decades to establish forms of ethical decision-making and appropriate venues for clinical understanding. Clinical ethics committees, ethical case discussions and roundtable meetings are now an integral part of the clinical care culture in many institutions. In many places, however, there is still a struggle to link ethical reflection settings organizationally. Particularly in the Covid 19 pandemic, the question of the possibilities and limits of ethics consultation services in health care is becoming increasingly important.

Against this background, a number of challenges arise for ethics consultation: On what basis can ethically good or at least "less bad" decisions be made? Who should be involved in ethical discussions? What decision-making arrangements need to be established? How can one deal with one's own "moral distress"? Where can space be created in routine operations for "small" everyday ethics?...

The interdisciplinary symposium looks at and discusses the organization of ethics in clinics and non-clinical facilities from different perspectives. To this end, various models and structures of clinical ethics consultation will first be analyzed and forms of participation by those affected and their caregivers will be considered. In addition, against the backdrop of the current pandemic situation, new approaches to integrating ethics into the everyday life of healthcare facilities will also be discussed with the participants.

TIME: September 15, 2021, 09:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Aula Karl-Franzens-University Graz (Universitätsplatz 3/1, 8010 Graz)

REGISTRATION: Registration by September 8, 2021 at the latest by e-mail: cornelia.flori@uni-graz.at or by phone +43 316 380 6120 (Secretariat of Moral Theology).


ORGANIZATION TEAM: Dr. Johann Platzer, Institute for Moral Theology; Ass.-Prof. Dr. Hans-Walter Ruckenbauer, Institute for Philosophy; Univ.-Prof. Dr.in Martina Schmidhuber, Professorship for Health Care Ethics; Assoz.-Prof. Dr. Klaus Wegleitner, Institute for Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Psychology, CIRAC

COOPERATION PARTNERS: Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Aging and Care (CIRAC); Age and Care Research Group Graz; KAGes-Service/Coordination Palliative Care Styria; Hospital of the Elisabethinen Graz; Medical University Graz/Module Coordination Ethics and Law


Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Aging and Care
Schubertstraße 23/I
8010 Graz

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