Patients without Spokespersons. Ethics Champions Program January 6, 2010. John F. Wallenhorst, Ph.D. Vice President, Mission & Ethics Bon Secours Health System. Purpose. Discuss some of the ethical issues related to care for patients without spokespersons
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Ethics Champions Program
January 6, 2010
John F. Wallenhorst, Ph.D.
Vice President, Mission & Ethics
Bon Secours Health System
Right to make one’s own informed decisions about treatment.
Principle of informed consent.
Not the same as legal competency.
Philosophical, theological and legal bias
in favor of acknowledging capacity
honoring personal decisions.
Putting the person’s preferences at
the center of deliberation.
Reflection of values, beliefs,
personality, culture, lifestyle.