Protection of Conscience Project
Protection of Conscience Project
Service, not Servitude

Service, not Servitude

The Role of Conscience in Medical Decisions

St. Joseph Medical Center
Kansas City, MO, USA
6 August, 2009
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Daniel P. Sulmasy, OFM, MD, PhD*

Does conscience ever clash with professional duties? What do we mean by terms such as 'conscience' and 'conscientious objection'? How should one approach a request from a patient that conflicts with one's individual conscience?

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and a host of other health care professionals face this dilemma all across America. While recently there has been great interest in conflicts of conscience based upon religious beliefs, conscience is a universal phenomenon, conflicts are ubiquitous, and, fortunately, generally resolvable.

In this lecture, Dr. Daniel Sulmasy will discuss how medical professionals can strive to preserve their moral integrity while also respecting and serving patients with whom they might have deep moral disagreements.



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