Experts gathered at the ‘XV Seminar on Biomedicine, Ethics and Human Rights’ have advocated promoting bioethics to face the threats posed by the growing technification and dehumanization of the healthcare.
“The most relevant challenges we face in the field of Biomedicine, Ethics and Law are the necessary modification of health policies, in response to demographic change, as well as the application of new technologies and the redefinition of responsible professionals in terms not only technical-scientific but also axiological”, said the president of the Scientific and Organizing Committee of this meeting and Professor of Legal Medicine at the UCM, Fernando Bandrés Moya.
In this sense, during the meeting, as Professor Benjamín Herreros explained, issues related to health policies will be discussed or, as Sara Bandrés added, the benefits and challenges of techno-consent. «The health policies of the future and the fragile sustainability of the Spanish health system It is one of the star topics of the meeting, with opinion leaders such as Félix Lobo, Koldo Martínez Urionabarrenetxea or Esther del Campo”, said Herreros.
In the opinion of Bandres, the challenge that society has been facing for some time is the technological age, where human nature, freedom and consent take on a new dimension under the protection of new technologies. “It must be faced without fear, but with coherence and hand in hand with technoethics, which arises from the technological era to safeguard human nature,” he added.
Informed consent, contemplated in article 10 of the General Health Law and in Law 41/2002 on Patient Autonomy, is a voluntary and free act for which there has been prior information, which must be adequate, understandable and truthful. .
“In the case of techno-consent, the main question we ask ourselves is how we should go about proving that the information offered to the patient is really true. (even more so at this time, where ‘fake news’ is proliferating), that the recipient of it truly understands that information provided, and that it is appropriate in a field as particular as that of health, where the recipient is a patient and, therefore, is in a situation of vulnerability”, has added.
On the other hand, the congress will present two new books that, from different perspectives, try to advance the knowledge and teaching of Bioethics, one of them using cinema as the main teaching aid.
Is about ‘Clinical cases in Bioethics’, edited by the ASISA Foundation and intended for practical learning of bioethics; and another on ‘Cinema and bioethics. A teaching methodology proposal’, where a teaching proposal in bioethics is made with the cinema and many films are shown as an example.
Similarly, in the seminar is going to screen ‘Kayros, a history of bioethics’, a documentary that aims to raise awareness about the relevance of bioethical problems in our society and that is having a great reception. Likewise, the Interuniversity Research Group on Health Policies is presented at this forum.