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Ethics Consultation Quality Assessment Tool: A Novel Method for Assessing the Quality of Ethics Case Consultations Based on Written Records

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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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True North Issue 3, the newsletter of VA National Center for Ethics in Health Care. Issue 3 features the Life-Sustaining Treatment Decisions Initiative, 2016 Nelson Award winner Dr. John Billig, and Highlights from the Learning Resources Catalog.

Webcast Available! Ethics and Professionalism Grand Rounds, Moral Distress Series Part II: The Role of Courage and Culture. Dr. Lisa S. Lehmann, director of the National Center for Ethics in Health Care, describes research which shows that cultivating moral courage can encourage employees to speak up about professionalism and patient safety concerns.  CEU credits will be available through TMS in mid-April—check back here for updates.

New! Join Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Organizational Excellence, and Jacob Gadd, VHA-VSO liaison, for the first edition of “VHA Excellence in Health Care” – a quick and informative video on the continual quest to improve health care for Veterans.

Dialed In podcast for Veterans and Families! Setting Health Care Goals When You're Seriously Ill - How to make sure you get the health care that’s right for you when you are dealing with a serious health problem.

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National Center for Ethics
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