Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Future of Bioethics

We had the neatest discussion Monday here at the Center and I decided I would use it for my next Ethics Brown Bag meetings for September.

With all the discussion of healthcare reform swirling around, I am going to ask the participants:

Fifteen to twenty years from now, what will be the defining characteristics of the U.S.?

And then, How will these characteristics shape and influence healthcare delivery?

And finally, What will be the ethical issues involved and how best can we address such issues?

Increased individualism? Going green? Rising or ebbing expectations? If you take any one and place it like a template over health and healthcare, you’ll see a trend. And each trend has ethical implications we might need to address.

I hope my hearty friends who attend these sessions will not disappoint me. Anyone interested?????



Blogger Practical Bioethics said...

From Rose Mary Boyd

Last evening I was watching a program on National Geographic regarding homes being designed for under water living, called H2Omes.

If people start moving into under water homes, will that necessitate under water health care centers?

What health issues might emerge from living in an under water bubble if the pressure gauge is incorrect, or if the correct amount of oxygen fails, etc. etc.

Who will be able to afford such a home? What about water pollution for humans and for animals?

Interesting …

Rose Mary Boyd
St. Francis Health Center
Topeka, KS

Friday, August 28, 2009  
Blogger Practical Bioethics said...

From Karen Wiederaenders


It's obvious to me that the challenge now and for the next 20 years will be allocation of healthcare resources.

We're doing it now by just leaving 47 million Americans out of the system. When everyone gets something, then there is going to be less for those who are in the system now.

I think this is what a lot of the shouting is about at those healthcare reform meetings.

Some day we won't have end of life discussions because we will be past offering futile care. But who's going to decide what is futile care?

Karen Wiederaenders, MLS
Director of Library Services
Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City

Friday, August 28, 2009  
Blogger Practical Bioethics said...

From Christian Sinclair ...

Daniel Sulmasy recently blogged on the topic of the 'future of bioethics' at the Hastings Center Blog.

In the piece he suggests local credentialing organization as opposed to national credentialing orgs, getting more politically active, and growing the interdisciplinary nature of bioethics.

Ian Braisington then published a reply to Sulmasy on the Journal of Medical Ethics blog here disagreeing with Sulmasy on some points:


Christian Sinclair, MD, FAAHPM
Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care

Friday, August 28, 2009  

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