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Advanced European bioethics course: Suffering, Death and Palliative Care

Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 20-23 March, 2018


The section of Healthcare Ethics, department IQ healthcare, (Radboudumc University Medical Centre) organises the 20th edition of the advanced European bioethics course ‘Suffering, Death and Palliative Care’ from March 20-23, 2018.


The key-note lecture will be held by prof. Allan Kellehear, Academic Director Digital Health Enterprise Zone, 50th Anniversary Professor (End-of-Life Care), University of Bradford, UK.


Objective of this course is to educate the participants on two main aspects: Ethical questions of palliative care and medically assisted death, and philosophical, theological and medical reflections on the concepts of death and suffering. Attitudes towards death and dying, and the ethical aspects of continuing or foregoing medical treatment, and of medically assisted death receive considerable attention in this course. In addition, the dimensions of spirituality, rituals and intercultural diversity are covered.

This course deals with a variety of topics in the domain of palliative care: Autonomy and dependence; scientific research in palliative care; palliative sedation and euthanasia; death, suffering and palliative care; quality of life and a good death; spirituality and palliative care and cultural aspects of death and dying. There will be time for intensive discussions.

Speakers are, among others, Kris Vissers, Professor of Palliative Care in Nijmegen; Ghislaine van Tiel, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics in Utrecht; Gert Olthuis, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics in Nijmegen, Marianne Dees, General Phycisian and Postdoctoral rRsearcher in Nijmegen,Theo Boer, Professor of Medical Ethics, Protestant Theological University and Joanna Wojtkowiak, Assistant Professor in Utrecht.

The course management strives for a diverse group of participants, with a large diversity in professional and cultural backgrounds. This diversity among both faculty and participants stimulates fruitful exchange of ideas and enhances understanding of others’ professional and cultural perspectives on suffering, death and palliative care.

This course is designed for participants from diverse professional backgrounds, such as nursing, medicine, health care administration, ethics, philosophy, theology and pastoral care, and PhD students undertaking courses of study in these areas.

Location: Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Language: English. Price: Euro (€) 690 for registration before 1 February 2018, Euro (€) 790 for registration on or after this date.

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