Ethics committees and consultants

Academic Article


  • The increasing complexity of healthcare creates numerous ethical challenges in patient care and in institutional functions and policies. During the past several decades, clinical ethics consultation services and institutional ethics committees have been developed to assist patients, medical professionals, and institutions in addressing ethical challenges. This chapter discusses the nature of clinical ethics consultation and the training of ethics consultants and committees. The authors review the experience at their institution (Mayo Clinic). Finally, the value of ethics consultation, as described in the medical literature, is reviewed. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
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    Author List

  • Hook CC; Swetz KM; Mueller PS
  • End Page

  • 34
  • Volume

  • 118