Ethics Committee Resources and Guidelines

Their Purpose, Creation and Operation

Audio and Printable Resources

Ethics Committee Brochure Outline

Model Ethics Committee Annual Report Outline

Ethics Committee Handbook by Rosemary Flanigan, PhD

Blog: Code of Ethics Now Available for Healthcare Ethics Consultants

Blog: Strengthening Hospital Ethics Committees

A Status Report on Clinical Ethics and Hospital Ethics Committees

Measuring Impact of Hospital Ethics Committees

Formation and Evolution of Hospital Ethics Committees and the Kansas City Regional Hospital Ethics Committee, by Rosemary Flanigan, PhD

The Kansas City Regional Hospital Ethics Consortium 25th Anniversary: Evolution, Contributions and Future Directions, with Hans Uffelman, Myra Christopher, Rosemary Flanigan, and David Waxse

Revising Ethics Policies and Handbook at the University of Kansas Hospital, with Kathy Davis, PhD, MSEd and Terry Rosell, DMin, PhD


Articles from Bioethics Forum, Fall 1994, Volume 10

Clinical Ethics and Ethics Committees, by William G. Bartholome

To Feed or Not to Tube Feed: The Case of Jennie M.

Integrated Ethics Programs: A New Mission for Ethics Committees, by Myra J. Christopher

Ethical Decision Making in Managed Care Environments, by Judith Wilson Ross

Ethics Committees and Resource Allocation, by John D. Lantos

Learning to “Read/Hear”: Narrative Ethics and Ethics Committee Education, by Robert Lyman Potter

Consultectonics: Ethics Committee Case Consultation as Mediation, by Don F. Reynolds

The Voices of Nurses on Ethics Committees, by Cindy Hylton Rushton

Nurses’ Perspectives of Hospital Ethics Committees, by Holly A. Stadler, John M. Morrissey, Joycelyn E. Tucker, Julie A. Paige, Jo E. McWilliams, Denise Kay and Brian Williams-Rice

Education of Ethics Committees, by David C. Thomasma

The Importance of Process in Ethical Decision Making, by Barbara C. Thornton

The Role of Ethics Committees in Responding to the Moral Outrage of Unrelieved Pain, Betty R. Ferrell

Ethics committees have three primary functions:

(1) CONSULTATION – To serve as a resource for patients, families and stakeholders to resolve difficult issues that

arise in patient care.

(2) EDUCATION – To provide continuing ethics education to the institution and more specialized training to EC members.

(3) POLICY – To participate in institutional policy formation and review to maintain and improve ethical treatment of patients on a systems level.

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