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! 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.
New! 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.
New! “Choosing A Health Care Agent,” the second in our new podcast series for Veterans and their loved ones, titled Dialed In: Helping Veterans Take Control of Their Health Care. In case you become too ill to make your own health care decisions, it’s a good idea to choose a health care agent (HCA) ahead of time who can make those decisions for you. This podcast discusses what makes a good HCA, some questions to ask your prospective HCA, and what happens if you can’t make health care decisions but haven’t named an HCA.