Ethics SIG

Ethical challenges impact the work oncology social workers do every day. Frequently we are called upon to help patients, families, and our teams navigate complex family dynamics and conflict. Common ethical hot topics in oncology care include: medical decision making, withdrawal and with-holding ofcare, access to care, medical futility, moral distress, advance care planning and cultural/spiritual differences that may impact the patient experience.

This SIG will provide a forum for discussion, learning, and collaboration. The SIG will strive to provide ethics mentorship to AOSW members and provide resources for professional development. The SIG will also utilize SWON to encourage communication via “ethics case of the month” posts and sharing of cases in the media that may impact patient care at micro, mezzo and macro levels. 

Katie Tremel, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Cancer Support Community

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