It’s the Organization! Clinical Ethics and Consultation at the Intersection of Institutional Practice.
ICCEC 2019’s conference theme – addresses the fact that clinical ethics takes place in a highly professional and institutionalized context. Clinical ethics and consultation is a practical endeavor. It takes place in an institutional setting, be it the hospital, nursing home, hospice, or mobile healthcare service. Practicing ethics in a clinical institution is different from reflecting on ethics in pure academia. It poses opportunities for ethically significant encounters with multiple stakeholders as well as challenges in facing the pressure of real-life engagement in an organization. ICCEC 2019 will focus on this intersection of practice and institution in clinical ethics and consultation.
To contribute in and to this context, clinical ethics may learn from other fields. ICCEC 2019’s program offers insights, exchange, and learning opportunities from psychology, healthcare management, organizational development, and jurisprudence that can enrich the practice of clinical ethics. The conference will cultivate this discourse through keynote lectures in general sessions, individual paper debates, poster presentations, panel discussions, and case studies. Keynote lectures will feature organizational experts and innovative thinkers stimulating clinical ethics.
ICCEC 2019’s mission is to provide attendees with the opportunity for exchange of expertise and collaboration in an institutional stetting in order to improve the practice of clinical ethics for the good of the patient.
Sub ThemesThe conference’s parallel sessions will feature lectures, panels, posters, case studies, and workshops on following sub themes.
Clinical ethics and the organization
The healthcare organization is the place for practicing clinical ethics. Organizations are ethically relevant entities that shape this practice.
Organizing clinical ethics
Clinical ethics and consultation is an institution itself. It relies on structures and procedures that are an expression of this social system.
Practicing clinical ethics and organizational psychology
When practicing clinical ethics, we have to deal with the whole person and group, not only with their rational heads. Insights from moral and social psychology can help improving this practice.
Practicing clinical ethics and healthcare management
Healthcare organizations are governed by a management system that is different from the clinical or ethical systems. Nevertheless, they share the same area of institutionalized healthcare practice.
Practicing clinical ethics as consultation
Consultation services are at the heart of clinical ethics. Healthcare organizations rely on ethics support at the bedside and, sometimes, in the board meeting.
Practicing clinical ethics and jurisprudence
Healthcare has a legal framework. Ethicists must take this framework into account when practicing clinical ethics – not as legal experts but as facilitators who know about the merits and pitfalls of jurisprudence.
The plenary sessions will feature following keynote speakers:
The scientific committee reviews the abstracts submitted for presentation, advises the conference director in all matters concerning the academic content of the conference, and disseminates and promotes the conference in one’s own professional context.
ICCEC 2019’s scientific committee consists of:
The scientific committee is headed by the ICCEC 2019’s conference director, Jürgen Wallner, head of ethics of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, Austrian Province.