National Center for Ethics in Health Care

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The National Center for Ethics in Health Care serves as VA's authoritative resource for addressing the complex ethical issues that arise in patient care, health care management, and research.

We provide information, education, and consultation and oversee nationwide programs and quality improvement projects to help health care practitioners and administrators to understand and apply health care ethics standards.

We also provide information to Veterans, patients, and their families to help them understand ethical issues that relate to their health care experience.

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Listen to our new podcast! Identifying the Patient's Authorized Surrogate: Close Friends as Surrogate Decision-Makers 

Join VHA and NCEHC in observing National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16, 2014 

National Compliance & Ethics Week: April 28 - May 2, 2014. Download the C&E Week Activities Guide Today!   

New! IntegratedEthics Program Officer's Desk Reference 

Researchers Import IE’s Ethics Consultation Concepts and Materials to Japan. Read full story in IntegratedEthics in Action, Vol. 29 (March 2014) 

Call for Nominations for the 2014 William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics 

nurse speaking with patientAdvance Directives

Training for Staff Who Provide Information and Assistance with Completing Advance Directives

This training is intended to enable designated staff to provide information about advance directives and assistance with completing forms to patients who request this service. 

Comprehensive training materials include trainer's and trainee's guides, PowerPoint slides, forms, course materials, and handouts. Get materials 

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Fostering an Ethical Environment and Culture

The National Center for Ethics in Health Care provides a range of educational materials, tools, and activities designed to help leaders develop their ability to foster their organization's ethical environment and culture. Start here

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staff meeting at tablePreventive Ethics

Beyond the Basics

This set of six modules provides training to Preventive Ethics Coordinators and other members of the IntegratedEthics community on how  to identify, study, and select a strategy to measurably improve ethical practices.  Go to modules 

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National Center for Ethics
in Health Care
Veterans Health Administration
810 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20420
Phone: (202) 632-8457
Fax: (202) 632-8456