Module 14: Ethics Committees
Upon completion of this module, the resident should be able to:
- Describe the principal functions of an ethics committee.
- Describe four models of ethics consultation.
- Describe and critique three different approaches to ethics consultation.
- Describe the range of opinion on key questions about the education and training required for clinical ethics consultation and about the process of formal credentialing of ethics consultants.
An on-line core curriculum for ethics committees, developed by the University of Buffalo Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in Health Care is available at: http://wings.buffalo.edu/faculty/research/bioethics/CC.html. Although it is somewhat out of date, much of its content is still useful.
“Case Consultation" is the first chapter of the book, "Ethics Consultation: A Practical Guide" by John La Puma, MD, and David Schiedermayer, MD; it is available on-line at: http://www.mcw.edu/bioethics/ce/cons-toc.html.