Bioethics Grand Rounds -  Devan Stahl, PhD "Responding to Hopes for a Miracle"

February 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Date - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Time - 12:00 Noon Abstract: How should clinicians respond to patient’s or family’s hope for a “miracle”? What if the family wants to continue aggressive care that clinicians believe is non-beneficial in the hopes that a miracle will occur? The presentation will frame the discussion of miracle language and offer practical guidance on working with patients and families who invoke miracle language during a patient’s hospital stay. At the end of this presentation participants will be able to: 1. Classify and distinguish between the most common ways patients/families use miracle language 2. Describe the ethical tensions that emerge when families request that clinicians continue non-beneficial care in the hopes a miracle will occur 3. Identify a set of strategies for productively engaging with patients/families who expect miracles Lunch is provided. Please note: Lunch is first come, first served. Please join us for a lively discussion of medical ethics. CBSSM's Clinical Ethics Program sponsors the monthly Bioethics Grand Rounds. CME credit is available for UMHS faculty and staff. Please feel free forward on to others in your department who may be interested in attending. This CME activity can serve as a source of 1.0 AMA PRA Catergory 1 Credits per session; attendance can be recorded at, using the Activity name and number: Bioethics Grand Rounds-05200.

Location: Ford Auditorium, UH