The Ethics of Powerlessness research team at the University of Essex has successfully helped amend the draft scope of service delivery guidelines, ‘End of Life Guide: Delivery of Adult Services For People in the Last Year of Life’. The guidelines are being developed by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence
End-of-life care and the search for a new ethical approach: Essex researchers call for an “ethics of powerlessness”
Our friends, family and the professionals looking after us in the most difficult circumstances can also often find themselves helpless to improve the situation. Philosophers at the University of Essex are now looking to understand experiences of powerlessness by working with academics and healthcare professionals including staff at St Helena Hospice in Colchester.