The Center for Practical Bioethics helps communities find practical solutions to ethical problems in the health and healthcare arena. Our model borrows and blends strategies and strengths from the bioethics, health decisions, public health, and continuous quality improvement movements.
• From bioethics, this model gains its motivation and mission by framing
the vision in ethical terms, focusing stakeholders on areas of ethical consensus (e.g., constituents of good end-of-life care, not physician-assisted suicide), and leveraging their interest in “doing the right thing.”
• From the health decisions movement, this model gains its commitment to the public by gathering public views and values to inform and illuminate the development of interventions and public policy, educating and empowering individuals and families, and building community awareness and capacity for collective action.
• From public health, the model gains its structure by building broad-based coalitions (from consumer organizations to research and academic institutions to policymakers and the media), focusing stakeholders’ varied expertise on a singular public health goal, and setting goals that are proactive and preventive in character.
• From the continuous improvement quality movement, this model gains its capacity to monitor and refine the strategies employed by the coalitions, and thereby improve outcomes by obtaining data, providing feedback, and working collaboratively to address gaps in care.