Conscientious Objection in Healthcare: Patient Autonomy and Provider Integrity

February 25, 2023 -
9:00am to 2:00pm

What are healthcare providers to do when institutions and governments exert pressure on them to engage in anti-Hippocratic practices?  As courts and legislatures intrude into the medical profession, healthcare providers find themselves facing untenable predicaments.  In 2017, the Texas legislature passed a bill requiring physicians to honor the demands of a patient surrogate even if the surrogate’s instructions contradicted the patient’s known wishes.  Also, courts have begun to intrude into medical practice by requiring healthcare providers to perform interventions on patients even when the provider considers the intervention unethical.

The integrity of the medical profession requires that we preserve the opportunity for healthcare providers to act (or refrain from acting) in a manner consistent with their core beliefs.  To do otherwise undermines the integrity of both the provider and the profession.  Conscience clauses are needed to protect these healthcare providers, but also to protect the public by ensuring the survival of healthcare personnel with shared Hippocratic values.

This conference will explore the history of government and institutional intrusion into medical practice, the impact it has on healthcare providers, and what providers can do to address it.

Registration fees:
$25.00 for registration with CE Credit
$10.00 for registration without CE Credit
$5.00 for full-time students without CE Credit

Sponsored by The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

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