Furthering Effective Ethics Committees
January 6, 2009
I want to share with you my resolution for 2010: that I shall work as hard as I can to further the effectiveness of ethics committees. We are a valuable resource within healthcare delivery, and we have built our foundation, edged onto the scene, and for the most part, we are partners.
BUT … across the country the trend is that most case reviews center on end-of-life, and often those cases are handled by the palliative care team, not by us.
I am not trumpeting a turf war here; frankly, those palliative care teams need to be educated as much as early ethics committees, because they are doing ethics.
Rather, I hope to point out other areas where we can make a difference as we made a difference in end-of-life care.
Link: Hospital Ethics Committees: Then and Now, Rosemary Flanigan