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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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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.”

Call for nominations: 2015 William A. Nelson Award - nominations close April 17 for this award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to promoting ethical health care practice in VHA. Download the nomination package here

Issue 35 of IntegratedEthics in Action - Improving VISN-Wide Documentation of Oral Consent for HIV Screening, National Compliance and Ethics Week 2015, Salt Lake City IE Champions

Ebola Virus Disease Preparedness and Response - NCEHC is working with other VHA program offices to develop guidance on Ebola preparedness and response that reflects ethical principles of respect, fairness, and transparency, as well as the duty to care and the reciprocal obligations of the VA to protect and support staff.

Sound Ethics in Health Care Podcast - Ethical Leadership and Culture

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