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National Center for Ethics in Health Care


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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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New Podcast! Would CPR Be Right for Me?” The latest Dialed In podcast looks at risks, benefits, and trade-offs of CPR, a life-sustaining treatment.

New Newsletter Issue! True North Issue 6, the newsletter of VA National Center for Ethics in Health Care. Issue 6 features promising new innovations and practices from the field, creative approaches to ethics discussions, and ethical decisions about Veterans' data use preferences.

View the June 5 Ethics and Professionalism Grand Rounds: Moral Distress Series Part III webcast. Dr. Cynda Rushton presents "Cultivating Moral Resilience in the Midst of Ethical Challenges.” Accreditation CEUs for the TMS course are now available. Click here to watch the webcast!

Giving Voice to Values: Podcast Now Online. Dr. Mary Gentile discusses “Giving Voice to Values,” an innovative approach to values-driven leadership development that encourages employees, Veterans, and families to speak up when they have ethical concerns and act on their values. Listen or download.


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National Center for Ethics
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Veterans Health Administration
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Phone: (202) 632-8457
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