Professor - University of Washington, School of Medicine
Ending Midlife Bias: New Values for Old Age, Oxford University Press
Caring for the Elderly: An Ethical Framework for Health Care Decisions & Policies
My objectives are to (1) develop an ethics framework based on the capabilities approach to justice; (2) utilize this framework to guide the ethical analysis of resource allocation in aging societies with a particular focus on responding to rising health care costs and to the shifting nature of health care needs; (3) formulate specific ethics recommendations regarding age-based limits on publicly funded life-extending care; (4) formulate specific ethics recommendations regarding the relative priority of long term care for elderly persons with chronic disabling conditions.
My goal throughout this research project is to make full use of scholarly opportunities at the Brocher Foundation and surrounding environs. To this end I will exchange ideas and work collaboratively with faculty at the Universities of Geneva and the University of Zurich. I have communicated in advance with Dr. Samia Hurst, who serves as Director of the Institute of Ethics, History, and the Humanities at the University of Geneva and with Dr. Bara Ricou, a Professor at the Department of Anaesthetics, Pharmacology, and Intensive Care at the University of Geneva. They have both agreed to collaborate with me on this project, and Dr. Hurst will arrange for me to give a talk at the Institute for Ethics, History, and the Humanities. I have also communicated in advance with Peter Schaber, Professor of Applied Ethics at the University of Zurich, Centre for Ethics, who has agreed to collaborate with me on this project and to arrange for me to give a presentation at the Centre for Ethics. I will visit the World Health Organization to make use of global health and aging resources and to explore the resources available from the 2015 Programme on Ageing and the Life-Course. I welcome any other collaborative opportunities the Brocher Foundation might recommend that would enable me to take full advantage of research opportunities during the residency period.
Nancy S. Jecker, PHD is Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Bioethics and Humanities. She is Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington School of Law and Departent of Philosophy. Dr. Jecker’s research addresses aging, justice, medical futility, global bioethics, and ethical theory. She has published over 175 papers and 3 books: Wrong Medicine 2nd Edition (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011); Bioethics 3rd Edition (Jones & Bartlett, 2011); Aging and Ethics (Humana 1991). Dr. Jecker's is currently completing a book entitled, Ending Midlife Bias: New Values for Old Age (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)