MD. Kathrin Knochel

Senior consultant for ethics in healthcare

Kathrin Knochel is a physician fully qualified in internal medicine, intensive and palliative care and a certified trainer for ethics in healthcare. At the Institute for the History and Ethics of Medicine (IGEM) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Kathrin Knochel is responsible for Clinical ethics and chairs together with Professor Alena Buyx the Clinical Ethics Committee of the University Hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar. She heads the Clinical Ethics Team, provides different types of clinical ethics consultation and coordinates developing and implementing ethical protocols at the clinic. Since 2023, Kathrin Knochel has also been a member of the Research Ethics Committee at the Technical University of Munich.

Kathrin Knochel worked as a senior consultant at the Center for Pediatric Palliative Care at the University Hospital of the LMU Munich and in intensive care at the community hospital of Munich. She chaired the Clinical Ethics Committee (CEC) at this clinic and is an active member of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) Ethics Section.

Translational clinical ethics is the focus of her work and research. The scientific focus is on treatment decisions in intensive care medicine, Advance Care Planning and the allocation of scarce resources.

Kathrin Knochel works in student teaching and interprofessional education. She organizes the Forum Clinical Ethics, the Lecture series of the Clinical Ethics Committee at the University Hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar.

She is a member of various professional societies and gives numerous lectures to various audiences. As vice chair of the Professional Society for Advance Care Planning Germany, she contributes to developing structures in healthcare for the sustainable implementation of patient-centered medicine.

She has been awarded for her research work, such as abstract prizes at Congress of the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) and the Annual Meeting of the German Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (DGKJ).

  • Shared decision-making in intensive care
  • Ethics and palliative care
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Allocation of scarce resources in medicine
2022
Knochel, K.; Adaktylos-Surber, K.; Schmolke, E.-M.; Meier, L. J.; K., Kuehlmeyer; Ulm, K.; Buyx, A.; Schneider, G.; Heim, M.; (2022) Preparing for the Worst-Case Scenario in a Pandemic: Intensivists Simulate Prioritization and Triage of Scarce ICU Resources. , Critical Care Medicine, 50, 12, 1714-1724, DOI: 10.1097/ccm.0000000000005684
2021
Knochel, Kathrin; Zaimovic, V; Gatzweiler, B; Hein, KK; N, Heitkamp; Monz, A; Reimann, D; Borasio, GD; Führer, M; (2021) Participatory development of a modular advance care planning program in pediatric palliative care (MAPPS) , Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 63, 2, 189-198, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2021.09.013
2020
Kuhlmeyer, K; Kuhn, E; Knochel, Kathrin; Hildesheim, H; DW, Witt; Friedrich, O; Rogge, A; (2020) Moral distress in medical students and young professionals: research desiderata in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz, 63, 12, 1483-1490.
Hein, K; Knochel, Kathrin; Zaimovic, V; Reimann, D; A, Monz; Heitkamp, N; Borasio, GD; Führer, M; (2020) Identifying key elements for paediatric advance care planning with parents, healthcare providers and stakeholders: A qualitative study, Palliative Medicine, https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216319900317
Marckmann, G; Neitzke, G; Schildmann, J; Michalsen, A; J, Dutzmann; Hartog, C; Jöbges, S; Knochel, Kathrin; Michels, Guido; Pin, Martin; Riessen, R; Rogge, A; Taupitz, J; Janssens, U; (2020) Decisions on the allocation of intensive care resources in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic , Medical Clinic-Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, 115, 115-122, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00063-020-00709-9
2019
Flaig, F; Lotz, JD; Knochel, Kathrin; Borasio, GD; M, Führer; Hein, K; (2019) Perinatal palliative care: a qualitative study evaluating the perspectives of pregnancy counselors, Palliative Medicine, 33, 6, 704-711, https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216319834225
Neitzke, G; Boll, B; Burchardi, H; Dannenberg, K; G, Duttge; Erchinger, R; Gretenkort, P; Hartog, C; Knochel, Kathrin; Liebig, M; Michalsen, A; Michels, G; Mohr, M; Nauck, F; Radke, P; Salomon, F; Stopfkuchen, H; Janssens, U; (2019) Decision-making support in Intensive Care to facilitate organ donation: Position paper of the Ethics Section and the Organ Donation and Transplantation Section of the German Interdisciplinary Association of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) in collaboration with the Ethics Section of the German Society of Medical Intensive Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine (DGIIN), Medical Clinic - Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, 114, 4, 319-326, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00063-019-0578-3
2017
Neitzke, G; Boll, B; Burchardi, H; Dannenberg, K; G, Duttge; Erchinger, R; Gretenkort, P; Hartog, C; Knochel, Kathrin; Liebig, M; Michalsen, A; Michels, G; Mohr, M; Nauck, F; Radke, P; Salomon, F; Stopfkuchen, H; Janssens, U; (2017) Documentation of decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining therapies: Recommendation of the Ethics Section of the German Interdisciplinary Association of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) in collaboration with the Ethics Section of the German Society for Medical Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DGIIN)], Medical Clinic - Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00063-017-0321-x
  • Ethics and palliative care seminar (credit GTE; SoSe and WiSe)
  • Interdisciplinary Lecture (IVL-1)
  • Elective medical ethics
  • Transplant Medicine Elective

Kathrin Knochel gives scientific and public lectures on the following topics:

  • Ethical challenges at the beginning of life
  • Ethics of treatment decisions in intensive and palliative care including pediatric and adolescent medicine.
  • Ethics of resource scarcity in the context of the pandemic.
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