National Center for Ethics in Health Care
Healthcare Planning Stories
All Veterans deserve to have their wishes heard and healthcare preferences honored.
Goals of Care Conversations
Goals of care conversations are discussions between patients and health care teams to understand patients’ values, goals of care, and preferences.
Veteran Data Use
VA launched Ethics Principles for Access to and Use of Veteran Data as part of ongoing efforts to protect Veteran data.
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.