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DISCHARGE PLANNING AS A QUOTIDIAN ETHICAL ISSUE
IMPACTING PATIENTS, FAMILIES AND HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONERS
SUMMARY: Discharge planning or transitions-in-care planning does not have a high profile yet it is a frequent daily activity filled with many distressing ethical challenges. These challenges extend from the bedside, to boardrooms and to legislative levels. While it is not a high profile ethical activity it has a significant and lasting impact on people in need of care, their families, practitioners and healthcare.
This presentation will:
1. Illustrate how and why discharge planning is a quotidian ethical endeavor;
2. Illustrate the ethical challenges, including the moral distress experienced by those involved in transitions in care planning;
3. Identify some ways to address the quotidian ethical dilemmas of discharge planning.
It is the goal of the presentation to put discharging planning at a higher level of ethical discourse and engagement with a view to an improved health care experience. This is an opportunity for many questions and ongoing dialogue.
DATE, TIME: Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 7 pm | Free | All are welcome.
LOCATION: 95 St Joseph Street, east door, Room 101, Faculty of Theology
University of St Michael’s College
SPEAKER: Bob Parke, BA, BSW, MSW, MHSc Bioethics, is the bioethicist at Humber River Regional Hospital where he provides ethics consultations for patients, families and staff.
Bob has a keen interest in the day-to-day ethical issues related to transitions in care planning, integration and continuity of care across all points of care as well as advance care planning. He is active in the Research Ethics Board and involved in organizational ethics activities such as co-chairing Humber River Hospital’s Advance Care Planning Steering Committee. In addition, Bob is a board member of St. Clair West Services to Seniors, a position in keeping with Bob’s goal to bring bioethics support and engagement into the community and long-term care centres.
Bob’s publications include “Beyond Hospital Walls: Defining the Role of the Bioethicist in Long Term Care” and “Successful Advance Care Planning through Quality Disease Management.”
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