Withdrawing and Withholding: Distinctions and Controversies in End of Life Care


Center for Bioethics


Virtual Event (Online Webinar)


Tag(s): Past

Register: https://umn-private.zoom.us/webinar/register/8617134553124/WN_9kVZDbD5QM6crUOQfWCPtQ

Speakers: Jaime Konerman-Sease, PhD, HEC-C, and Justin Penny, DO, MA, HEC-C.

Surveys report that 60% of physicians feel that it is more ethically problematic and psychologically difficult to withdraw life-sustaining interventions than to withhold them (Chung et al). Is there a meaningful ethical difference between withdrawing and withholding treatment at the end of life?
How should clinicians navigate disagreements surrounding life sustaining interventions at the end of life? This talk explores the ethical nuances of withdrawing or withholding life sustaining treatments. Through case studies exploring artificial nutrition and hydration, cardiac implantable devices, and mechanical ventilation, participants will gain an understanding of the ethics of withholding and withdrawal and their applications to clinical practice.
After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
-Understand the ethical similarities of withdrawing and withholding intervention.
-Explore the ethical differences between withdrawing life sustaining interventions and euthanasia.
-Analyze common cases for the ethical appropriateness of withdrawing or withholding care.

About the speakers: Jaime Konerman-Sease, PhD, HEC-C, is a Clinical Ethics Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics.

Justin Penny, DO, MA, HEC-C, works within the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program (Smiley's). He is also a Clinical Ethics Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics.

Event start time: 12:00 pm

Event end time: 01:00 pm

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