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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! ISSUES pocket card updated – The 2015 update of the ISSUES pocket card is now available. This card describes the ISSUES approach, a practical, systematic process for addressing ethics quality gaps that arise in health care institutions.

New! Issue 36 of IntegratedEthics in Action – Creating culture change in Sioux Falls, National Healthcare Decisions Day in North Chicago, a conversation with Jeff Gering, the ethics behind policies.

NCEHC is proud to announce the publication of the second edition of Preventive Ethics: Addressing Ethics Quality Gaps on a Systems Level, a primer describing preventive ethics, one of the three core functions of IntegratedEthics. This revised edition includes substantial new material and refinements added since the first edition was released in 2007.

Dr. Shaida Talebreza Brandon of the George E. Wahlen Salt Lake City VAMC received a 2015 Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award from the Hastings Center, one of the country’s leading bioethics research centers. The award recognizes Dr. Brandon’s work “with the VA National Center for Ethics in Health Care to develop new practices for ensuring that the values, goals and life-sustaining treatment decisions of seriously ill patients are elicited, documented, and honored.”

Dr. Cynthia Geppert Wins 2014 William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics - Dr. Geppert, a clinician and ethics consultant at the New Mexico VA Health Care System, was recognized for the difference she has made in the field of health care ethics and in the lives of Veterans. Learn more about her award here 

Ethical Leadership Tip Sheet offers practical information about the Four Compass Points of Ethical Leadership 


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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