10th International Conference for Clinical Ethics Consultation, April 24-26, 2014, Paris, France
Some of our students were accepted to present at the conference in April.
Michael O. Afolabi is presenting: "Patients as Bargaining Chips in Industrial Strikes: Some Ethical Reflections"
Here is the accepted abstract:
Industrial strike actions increasingly occur in the health sector across the world, though their frequency seems higher in developing countries. However, healthcare-related strike actions raise several ethical issues. Specifically, this is because they negate the telos of healthcare which involves fostering the medical good of society. On the other hand, entering into the caring professions goes with certain moral obligations in exchange for societal latitude for the power and privilege to practice. Against this conceptual background, this paper examines and explores the ethics of using patients as bargaining chips in healthcare disputes. Employing the notion of reciprocal beneficence, the paper argues that the impropriety of strikes is couched in a deontological understanding of the nexus around the duty to society, patients and professional interests. On this note, the paper advocates a patient-centered panacea vis-à-vis striking a moral balance between perceived conflicts of duty, contextual reality and the needs of the sick. Since healthcare constitutes an instinctual and institutional response to the ubiquitous phenomenon of illness, it is important that health professionals re-examine their moral commitments to society generally and to patients in particular in the light of strike actions.
Graduate Student Research Symposium
October 25th, 2013, Duquesne University
CONGRATULATIONS to our Alex Dubov for winning the Center for Catholic Intellectual Tradition & Spiritan Studies Award on his presentation "Religious Coping in the ICU". Here is a link to his winning presentation.
Other students from the Center for Healthcare Ethics also presented during the Inaugural Graduate Student Research Symposium which took place on October 25th, 2013. Here is a link to the Symposium's website.
"The Ethical Principle of Cooperation as a Determinant of Moral Agency in Nursing Home Leadership"
"Application of the Rule of Intention (Niyya) to justify End-of-Life Decision Making in Islamic Perspective"
"An ethical analysis of the concept of disease mongering and its effect on healthcare, research, and patient safety"