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Religion and Futility in the ICU

The University of Oxford Faculty of Philosophy are hosting an event on Monday, May 8, 2017:  “Religion and Futility in the Intensive Care Unit.”  This is a half-day seminar exploring issues around religion, pluralism and medical ethics.

A child is critically ill in the intensive unit. Doctors believe that the child’s prognosis is very poor and that treatment should be withdrawn. However, her parents do not agree. They say that it is contrary to their religion to stop treatment.

How often is religion a source of disagreement about treatment in intensive care? What are the views of major religions about withdrawing treatment in intensive care?

Should religious requests for treatment be treated differently from secular requests? Should religious preferences for treatment count in a child? Should religious views be accommodated when providing scarce and expensive medical resources?

Guest Speaker

  • Professor John Paris S.J. (Professor of Bioethics, Boston College)

Speakers/ Panel Participants

  • Joe Brierley
  • Sarah Barclay
  • David Jones
  • John Wyatt
  • Siddiq Diwan
  • Dominic Wilkinson

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