Much attention in health care ethics has been given to the patient-health care provider relationship and to issues that arise “at the bedside.” Questions in practice, for example, include: who gets to make what decisions; when and on what basis treatments should be initiated, withdrawn, or withheld; what an informed choice requires; and what, when and with whom information should be shared. Clinical ethics consultation is one resource for persons who are struggling with or have questions about these types of issues – whether it is an individual, health care team, and/or patient and family.

NSHEN’s activities in clinical ethics include assessment and/or development of a process for clinical ethics consultation, as needed. Assistance with relevant analysis and discussion of the issue/case through mentoring and training is also supported.

Related Clinical Ethics Resources

Bioethics for Clinicians

Advance Directives

Consent/Autonomy

End of Life

Mental Health

Home Care / Palliative Care