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Medical Ethics and Bioethic

Code 15110
Year 5
Semester A1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload O (46H)/OT(8H)/TP(16H)
Scientific area Biopathological Sciences
Entry requirements not applicable
Mode of delivery Face-to-face
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes To provide students with knowledge about the principles, concepts and theories of Medical Ethics and Bioethics relevant to the practice of Medicine.
At the end of the curricular unit, the student should be able to:
• Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical dimension involved in treating patients
• Identify the ethical principles associated with the exercise of the medical profession and the Medical Act
• Specify his/her rights and duties as a doctor
• Distinguish the duty to respect the principles of Autonomy, Benevolence, and Non-maleficence
• Define the value of medical confidentiality and secrecy duties
• Recognize the ethical principles and duties related to the peculiar stages of the beginning and end of life
• Discern the appropriate behaviors when dealing with the patient, their families, and health professionals
• Actively participate in debates concerning ethical challenges in medicine
Syllabus The historical process of the development of Ethical Regulation
Different systems of the foundation of Medical Ethics
Medical Ethics and Human Rights
Decision-making methodology - Deliberative Method
Philosophical Anthropology of Caring
Ethical and Legal Aspects in Clinical Care
Informed consent (Advanced will directives)
Confidentiality and professional secrecy
Ethical-legal rights and duties of patients and professionals
Beginning of life:
-Genetics - Obstetrics - Pediatrics
-Moral considerations about the human embryo
-parental power
-Confidentiality and consent in mature minors
-Decision-making in the context of Emergency, Intensive Unit and end-of-life care in Pediatrics
End of Life:
-Attention to chronicity, vulnerability, and cognitive deterioration
- Advanced care planning
-Adequacy of intervention measures at the end of life
-Communication in the end-of-life context
Main Bibliography The Cambridge Textbook of Bioethics, Ed. Peter A. Singer, Cambridge University Presse (2008). (disponível na Internet).
ManualdeEticaMedicadaAssociacaoMedicaMundial.pdf
Principio de Ética Biomédica de Tom Beauchamp e James F. Childress; Edições Loyola
O Erro Em Medicina de José Fragata e Luís Martins; Almedina
Bioética de Luis Archer, Jorge Biscaia e Walter Osswald; Verbo
Cadernos de Mosteiro de Walter Osswald; Gráfica de Coimbra
A Nova Medicina de João Lobo Antunes; Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos
Introdução Geral à Bioetica de Guy Durand; Edições Loyola
Um Fio de Ética de Ética de Walter Osswald; Helsinn
Contributos para a Bioética em Portugal de João Ribeiro da Silva; CBFMUL
Testamento Vital; Rui Nunes e Helena Pereira de Melo; Almedina
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria A hybrid dynamics is used, integrating face-to-face activities and online practices.
The Curricular Unit is divided into theoretical and practical components. The theoretical component includes seminars and workshops with experts from Portugal and other countries in order to develop a global view of ethical challenges in Medicine. In these meetings, students are encouraged to inquire and debate with the presenters, with this participation being one of the evaluation criteria. The practical component consists of the selection by groups of students during their learning stages, of clinical cases in which ethical dilemmas are detected. From the interaction between teachers and students, these latter must write a text, and present it in public, and by both activities, they are evaluated. Additionally, theoretical knowledge is assessed through written tests.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-06-17

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