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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.


Now available in TMS! Ethics and Professionalism Grand Rounds: Ethical Boundaries in the Patient-Provider Relationship - Providers will learn to define professional boundaries, explain their essential purpose in health care, and describe boundary crossings and violations. The training will illustrate special considerations pertaining to boundaries in mental health care and in small and rural communities. The speakers will also provide case examples of common boundary problems and propose potential solutions for health care professionals encountering these challenges. 

New Podcast! Mechanical Ventilation — An Option for Breathing Problems.” The latest Dialed In podcast for Veterans looks at risks, benefits, and trade-offs of this life-sustaining treatment.

Now available in TMS! Ethics and Professionalism Grand Rounds: Ethical Challenges in Opioid Prescribing - Dr. Stephen Hunt and Dr. Lucile Burgo discuss several illustrative clinical cases involving opioid prescribing, analyze the ethically appropriate course of action, and provide a framework for health care providers to navigate the challenges of meeting patients’ need for pain control while being mindful of the risks of opiates.


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National Center for Ethics
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Veterans Health Administration
810 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20420
Phone: (202) 632-8457
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