Conference themes



Clinical Ethics and Changes in Healthcare

The healthcare landscape is changing and evolving in a variety of ways - demographic shifts, biomedical advancements, system reforms, patient engagement, and increased global interconnectivity. Clinical ethics support services needs to contextualise the principles of clinical ethics to adapt to these challenges.

We are currently seeking abstracts that address the conference main theme or any of the sub-themes, as well as those dealing with clinical ethics in general.


Theme 1. Clinical Ethics Support for Changing Health Care Practices and Contexts

• The use of different models of clinical ethics support for hospitals and healthcare organisations in various countries.
• Opportunities and challenges in integrating ethics support into organisational structures and operations.


Theme 2. Changing Attitudes to End-of-Life Care

• End-of-life decision making factors, such as mental capacity, quality of life, and vulnerability.
• Clinical, cultural and institutional practices and context that shape patients preferences and beliefs at the end-of-life.
• Tools for making healthcare decisions before the patient loses capacity and palliative care.


Theme 3. Using Innovative Treatments and Modes of Health Service Delivery​

• The ethical implications of particular healthcare innovations, such as monitoring devices, precision medicine, and telemedicine.
• The role of ethics support services to approach innovative treatments and modes of health service delivery.


Theme 4. Globalisation, Migration and Cross-border Health Care

• Ethical, financial and legal challenges relating to health care for different migrant groups (e.g. internal migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, domestic workers) in different countries/regions and health systems.
• The role of patients and families in healthcare decision-making for different cultures.
• Cultural competency in health care to reduce health disparities and to provide optimal care to patients regardless of their race, ethnic background, native languages spoken, and religious or cultural beliefs.