What is the Center for Practical Bioethics?
The Center for Practical Bioethics is a national leader in practical bioethics, committed to helping guide communities and families through today’s most pressing ethical issues in health and healthcare.
What is bioethics?
Bioethics is a guide to action to ensure ethical values are considered as important as the clinical, financial and legal issues surrounding healthcare decisions.
What does the Center do?
The Center raises and responds to ethical issues in health and healthcare. We work in four program areas, has a quarterly publication, publishes a quarterly The Center for Practical Bioethics works in four domains — aging and end of provides practical guidance on difficult and complex ethical issues in health and healthcare.
What is the Center’s core value?
Our core value is respect for human dignity in health and healthcare.
Who does the Center engage in its mission?
We engage individuals, families, health professionals and policymakers locally and across the country in the quest to gain understanding and find common ground on complex healthcare issues.
What difference does the Center make?
We see an improved awareness of ethical issues in healthcare. There’s more advance care planning, better pain management, improved patient protection and participation in research, and more ethics committees in healthcare institutions across the nation.
What is the Center best known for?
The Center is known for its work on aging and end-of-life issues. We also provide practical resources and tools for addressing real-life ethical issues in clinical and organizational settings, life science research and disparities in health care.
How is the Center funded?
Our mission is supported by individual and institutional members, income from consultation work and contracts in communities across the country, and by grants from a number of local and national foundations, such as the Kauffman Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
How does the Center accomplish its work?
We bring groups of professionals and volunteers together to explore common values and develop practical policies and solutions for complex issues in healthcare.
We consult with healthcare providers, conduct research, develop and support programs for communities across the country, and engage national policymakers on ethical issues in healthcare.
What can I do to help the Center?
The most important act for all of us is to become better informed on the ethical issues in healthcare. We also urge you to become a member of the Center and consider contributing your time and expertise toward achieving our mission.