A medical assistant refuses to stop a patientís tube feedings ... Such refusals based on claims of conscience are becoming increasingly common. This timely conference will focus on exploring such refusals, including defining a claim of conscience and discerning valid from invalid claims, reviewing related legal trends and employment laws, identifying best institutional practices for protecting both health care providersí and patientsí rights, and trouble-shooting difficult cases. This conference will be of interest to health care providers, administrators, labor lawyers, and policy makers who grapple with how to meet patientsí health care needs while accommodating staff with diverse beliefs.
The Maryland Healthcare Ethics Committee Network is a membership organization established by the Law and Health Care Program at the University of Maryland School of Law. Its purpose is to facilitate and enhance ethical reflection in all aspects of decision making in health care settings by supporting and providing informational and educational resources to ethics committees serving health care institutions in the State of Maryland. The Network will achieve this goal by: