Discovering Conscience in Health Care
Aletheia is a Greek word meaning ‘unveiling’ or ‘truth’ in phenomenological research. The Aletheia Conscience Project (ACP) was created to ethically anchor health care professionals and stakeholders to understand truth through their conscience and to use it for ethical health care practice.
What is Conscience?
Conscience is a personal mechanism that supports us to seek and anchor ourselves in truth. Truth enables each of us to determine and decide to do what is right (ethical). By following our truth–seeking conscience, we can become aware of what is right, and then decide how to act accordingly.
Conscience, Bioethics & Healthcare
Today’s health care is ethically complex, rapidly changing and technologically advanced. These changes and advances are meant to enhance human health and well-being. However, there are many different ideas about what health means and how to make ethical decisions in health care practice. Conscience can support people to make ethical decisions in health care practice.
Yet, different understanding of truth and conscience can create conflicts of conscience for health care professionals (HCPs). Sometimes, these conflicts give rise to HCP's conscientious objections. Conscientious objection means declaring that you will not do something that seriously conflicts with your conscience.
At ACP, we understand conscientious objection as a way for HCPs to voice their conflict of conscience. Subsequently, we utilize bioethical frameworks to support health care stakeholders to act ethically in the face of their conflicts of conscience and to make their conscientious objections. Additionally, we support organizations, institutions, regulatory bodies and political sectors to accommodate and navigate freedom of conscience, to advance morally inclusive workplace environments where HCPs can openly address and be supported to resolve their conscientious objections.