ICS Core Curriculum: Autonomy and Consent in Modern Medical Practice: A Case-Based Dialogue

Workshop 23

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Workshop Schedule

5 mins

Nina Sarah Davis

25 mins

Vik Khullar

25 mins

Antonella Giannantoni

25 mins

Kristene E Whitmore

Aims & Objectives

90 minutes
Mesh Obesity Pain
Urology, Urogynaecology and Female & Functional Urology, Conservative Management

Over the past several decades, the patient-health care provider relationship has transformed from that of a patronizing practitioner directing the care of patients without regard to their wishes to that of a practitioner who engages patients in detailed, educational discussions of treatment options as well as potential risks and benefits, enabling them to choose a therapy in accordance with their values, preferences and priorities; i.e., exercising their autonomy. This case-based, interactive workshop will examine the conflict between autonomy and beneficence in the context of 3 contentious medical issues: the use of mesh for pelvic floor reconstruction, pain therapy and surgery for the morbidly obese.

Learning Objectives

  • To discuss means for managing patients whose choice of therapy is not in their best interest
  • To detail the components of ethical decision-making including dealing with personal bias, revealing/avoiding conflicts of interest, being factual and overcoming cultural or cognitive barriers to effective communication
  • To provide guidance for provider decision-making before adopting new devices or therapies