National Center for Ethics in Health Care
New Policy for Educating Patients and Obtaining Informed Consent for Long-term Opioid Therapy
Use these four tips to foster an ethical environment and culture that will make it easier for employees to “do the right thing.”
Certifying Ethics Consultants
Developing a Certifying Examination for Health Care Ethics Consultants
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.
New! Voices of Integrity – personal stories of VA employees who tell in their own words what integrity means to them as they work to serve Veterans. Take a listen!
New! The National Center for Ethics in Health Care is accepting applications for the VA Health Care Ethics Fellowship Program through June 10, 2016. Qualified individuals are VA employees who have demonstrated through their performance and experience the interest and ability to become highly skilled, knowledgeable and professional ethics consultants and ethics leaders. Click here for details and an application.
Ethics and Professionalism Grand Rounds. Watch this space for updates on continuing education credits and TMS course information.
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.“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.