A Framework For Thinking Ethically

A Framework For Thinking Ethically Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University This document is designed as an introduction to thinking ethically. We all have an image of our “better selves” - or of how we are when we act ethically or are “at our best.” We probably also have an image of what an ethical community, an ethical business, or an ethical government is - and maybe even an ethical society as a whole. Ethics really has to do with all three levels - acting ethically ... Read More

Bioethics Discussion Pages

These pages are where the questions and responses to bioethical issues are located. Bioethical questions may have significance for all of society and therefore the general public as well as ethicists should get involved and express what they think. Participants may write about any of the topics or invite discussion with a new topic.

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Californians’ End-of-Life Care Differs by Race and Ethnicity

This important study and related reports released by the California Healthcare Foundation in March 16, 2007 reports that: In California, the most populous and diverse state in the country, significant racial and ethnic differences exist at the end of life. These reports are the first in a new series of CHCF-supported projects focusing on end-of-life issues - found significant variations in the expectations, experiences, and decisions of patients and their families in the months preceding death. “As ... Read More

Diversity Rx

Diversity Rx: Promoting language and cultural competence to improve the quality of health care for minority, immigrant, and ethnically diverse communities. Diversity Rx is supported by: The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Resources for Cross Cultural Health Care (RCCHC), and Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation of Menlo Park, CA. For more information contact Diversity Rx

Ethical Considerations for Life’s End

Start: Wed, 11/02/2005 - 11:30 Location: Kaiser Medical Center, Santa Rosa This presentation by Susan Keller for Kaiser physicians addresses issues related to knowing and honoring a person’s end of life wishes. Topics covered include the importance of meaningful conversations, understanding lifestyle and cultural orientation, planning tools and techniques, and palliative care as an equal opportunity choice. Susan is Author, Journey to Life’s End: A Traveler’s Guide © 1996; Community ... Read More

How Hospitals Shape End of Life

How Hospitals Shape End of Life Care Summary of Sharon. Kaufman, PhD Presentation to California Coalition for Compassionate Care Steering Committee Meeting June 3, 2005 Excerpted from Minutes of Meeting Sharon Kaufman, Ph.D. Professor of Medical Anthropology at UC San Francisco recently published a book entitled, And a Time to Die: How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life. (2005, NY: Scribner). Dr. Kaufman said in her role as a medical anthropologist she “makes the strange, familiar; ... Read More

Living Old: Frontline November 21, 2006

Living Old is one hour Frontline program filmed November 21, 2006 presenting a powerful and intimate journey into the uncharted territory of Americans living longer than ever — and what it means for them, their loved ones and our society. On this site you can view the whole program or individual chapters including: The Stories-Living lives that neither the elderly nor their families ever prepared for. Interviews-Doctors, one family’s story, and a conversation with a remarkable 94 year-old. The ... Read More