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Certifying Ethics Consultants

Developing a Certifying Examination for Health Care Ethics Consultants

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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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New! Nominations are open through April 15 for the 2016 William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics. The award honors the career and legacy of William A. Nelson, PhD, former Chief of Ethics Education for NCEHC. Download the nomination package here.

Informed Consent Empowers Veterans” is the latest in our Dialed In podcast series for Veterans and their loved ones. In VA, “informed consent” means that your health care team makes sure you have the information you need to make the best decisions about your health care. This podcast discusses how to get the most out of an informed consent discussion with your health care provider, and suggests some questions you might want to ask.

NCEHC announces the second edition of Ethics Consultation: Responding to Ethics Questions in Health Care. This primer establishes VA standards for health care ethics consultation, one of the three core functions of IntegratedEthics. The revised edition includes new material and refinements added since the first edition was released in 2007, many of which are based on experience and feedback from ethics consultants.

NCEHC announces the publication of a new EthicsRx, Signature Informed Consent Workflows: "Gurney Consent." EthicsRx is a recurring brief publication about health care ethics issues affecting the care of Veterans in VHA. Each issue provides interpretation of and guidance on the implementation of a VHA policy for which the National Center for Ethics in Health Care is responsible, or to which it contributes substantially. The goal of EthicsRx is to clarify policy, clear up misconceptions, and fill gaps in knowledge.






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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