Patients, Families, and Medical Decision Making

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Date(s) - 06/22/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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This seminar series, Seminars in Religion, Spirituality, Healthcare, and Ethics, will explore the role that religions and spirituality play in patients’ and family members’ understanding and experience of health and healthcare and how religion and spirituality are addressed in the healthcare setting. It will also explore how spiritual and religious beliefs contribute to patients’ understanding of health, illness, and healing, affect decision-making about health, and contribute to coping, distress, and healing. Additionally, because many patients require family members to make decisions, the seminars will explore how frameworks of health and illness affect the family. A medical ethics framework will be used to explore how clinicians incorporate their own beliefs as well as patient/family beliefs into clinical care.

This third session, Patients, Families, and Medical Decision Making, will seek to answer the following questions: 1) how do religious beliefs influence major decisions, especially at the beginning and end of life? and 2) how do chaplains and others provide spiritual support and/or guidance to patients and families in the healthcare setting?

The seminar’s co-facilitators are Amber Comer, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Alexia Torke, MD, MS, Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The remaining seminars in this series will be held on September 21st, October 26th, and November 16th from 6-8pm. Dinner will be served, and books will be provided. The seminar is seeking an interdisciplinary group of chaplains, clinicians (physicians, nurses, others), religious scholars, and social scientists with an interest in the intersection of religion/spirituality in healthcare. Interested graduate students and advanced medical trainees may also participate with permission of the co-leaders. Participants should RSVP to Sarah Rush at srush7@iuhealth.org. Sarah can also be contacted with any questions.