- Define the term deathbed confession.
- Discuss possible motives of confession and who is usually involved in a confession.
- Explore cases of deathbed confessions in the health care setting.
- Discuss case studies, religious influence and legalities.
Presenter: Stephen Southworth, M.D.
Medical ethics is the discipline of evaluating the merits, risks, and social concerns of activities in the field of medicine. Medical ethics is also the study of moral values as they apply to medicine. In some cases, moral values can be in conflict, and ethical dilemmas can result. These may be occasions when the values of the patient or family member are in conflict with the medical community.
The growth of medical knowledge and rapid expansion of medical technology have generated unprecedented opportunities and challenges in the delivery of health care. At the same time, these developments have created difficult moral issues for health professionals, patients, and families of patients. These moral issues in conflict occur because different concerns related to the rights and welfare of patients may suggest conflicting courses of action.
Medical Ethics Forum meetings are held each month to present many of these difficult moral issues and provide a forum for discussing. You are invited to attend each month’s medical ethics forum meeting, third Thursday (except when noted) starting at 7:30 a.m. in education room 21 in the East Education Center.