The Center for Practical Bioethics is a nonprofit, free-standing and independent organization nationally recognized for its work in practical bioethics. Since 1984, the Center has helped patients and their families, healthcare professionals, policymakers and corporate leaders grapple with ethically complex issues in medicine and research.
The Center does not wait to be called upon. Its vision and mission requires the Center to be proactive — to call attention to ethical issues and to develop programs, policies and publications that address them.
Through its unique methodology, the Center puts “practical bioethics” into action. The results? Reasoned, real world responses to ethically complex situations and, ultimately, the greatest peace of mind possible for those who must decide.
The Center does it work through four domains, with a staff of talented people representing multiple disciplines and a variety of expertise. The Center is supported by a Board of Directors and individuals and organizations committed to advancing ethical practices and policies on health and healthcare issues.
A society in which the dignity and health of all people is advanced through ethical discourse and action.
To raise and respond to ethical issues in health and healthcare.
Our Core Value:
Respect for human dignity. We believe that all persons have intrinsic worth, and we express this belief by promoting both autonomy and social justice in health and healthcare.
Our Guiding Principles:
• To lead and promote the leadership of others
• To think critically and listen actively
• To address ethical issues unfettered by special interests
• To collaborate with others who share our values
• To work diligently toward our mission
We concentrate our work in four areas:
Aging and End of Life Care –
To improve care or seriously ill and dying people and their family caregivers.
Clinical and Organizational Ethics –
To sustain and protect ethical decision making in healthcare.
Disparities in Health and Healthcare –
To eliminate disparities in health and healthcare linked to class, race and ethnicity.
Life Science and Research Ethics –
To advance the protection of human subjects and the responsible conduct of biomedical research.