One of the most frustrating situations confronting a doctor is a patient not complying with medical advice. When a patient receives clear instructions, acknowledges those instructions, fails to follow them, and then slips into even worse difficulty than he or she had before, doctors sometimes want to throw up their hands and retreat. What is the ethical duty of care towards the patient in these circumstances? This webinar will explore and explain the ethical duties of medical professionals faced with obese or non-compliant patients.

Join Medical Academic and Dr Marietjie Botes on 10 May for a CPD-accredited webinar on treating obese and/or non-compliant patients [Image: Shutterstock].

  • DATE: 10 May 2022
  • TIME: 18:00 – 19:00
  • TOPIC: ‘Help me to help you: The ethics of offering medical treatment to obese or non-compliant patients’


Dr Marietjie Botes

Dr Marietjie Botes has transitioned from a 20-year career as practicing attorney in South Africa specialising in health law and biotechnology to academia where she focusses on interdisciplinary research at the intersection between science, technology, law and ethics. She graduated with a PhD in Biotechnology Law from the University of South Africa in 2017. Marietjie’s research interests include the regulation of gene editing technologies, data ownership and commercialisation from an intellectual property perspective, data governance in the context of geospatial information systems for global health emergencies, and the ethical, legal, social and technical issues around biotechnologies, including medical devices, vulnerability disclosures, and digital ethics. In April 2021 Marietjie moved to Luxembourg where she is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the SnT Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability Security and Trust of the University of Luxembourg.