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Addressing Ethics Quality Gaps on a Systems Level

The Preventive Ethics component of IntegratedEthics®(IE) tackles recurring ethical concerns by applying quality improvement methods to identify and address ethics gaps on a systems level.

The IE model address chronic and recurrent ethical issues systemically, using a step-by-step quality improvement approach called ISSUES that includes the following:

Social worker and patient

Identify an Issue 
Study the Issue
Select a Strategy
Undertake a Plan
Evaluate and Adjust
Sustain and Spread  

 


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Preventive Ethics: Addressing Ethics Quality Gaps on a Systems Level - The primer provides an introduction to preventive ethics and outlines a step-by-step approach to improving systems and processes that influence ethics practices in a health care organization

Preventive Ethics: Addressing Ethics Quality Gaps on a Systems Level. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 

IntegratedEthics Policy - VHA Handbook 1004.06 


Watch

Preventive Ethics: Addressing Ethics Quality Gaps on a Systems Level Video - 45-minute, interactive video to teach viewers how to apply principles of quality improvement to proactively address ethics issues on a systems level.


Use

Preventive Ethics core tools:

Document a completed improvement cycle:

Six advanced training modules on key PE concepts for Preventive Ethics Coordinators and team members:

Tools to explain the role and responsibilities of the Preventive Ethics Coordinator:


 

IE Archive: Materials used in the initial launch of the VA IE program