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National Center for Ethics in Health Care

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Health Care Ethics Education

The National Center for Ethics in Health Care provides a wide range of educational materials to help VHA field staff and other health care professionals update their ethics knowledge and skills, and stay informed about important developments in ethics policy.

IntegratedEthics Education

Materials to support education in ethics consultation, preventive ethics, and ethical leadership as part of the IntegratedEthics program.

Goals of Care Conversations Training

Flexible, interactive modules to help practitioners improve their skills in discussing goals of care and life-sustaining treatment decisions with seriously ill patients and loved ones.

Assisting Patients with Advance Directives

VHA training for staff who provide information and assistance with completing advance directives. Includes trainer's guide, PowerPoint slides, VA forms, course materials, and handouts.

ECWeb Online Learning Module

Web-based learning resource about how to use ECWeb, a web-based software program to document, track, evaluate, manage, and continuously improve ethics consultation quality. 

Online Learning Modules on Ethics Topics 

Web-based learning resources for key domains of ethics in health care, available through TMS, the VA Learning Management System. Each module summarizes the responsibilities of health care professionals and other employees, uses case studies to introduce basic concepts and address common misconceptions related to the specific domain, and offers additional case scenarios for reflection and discussion.

*Note: TMS is only available to employees and some contractors of the federal government; some courses are available in pdf format.

National Ethics Teleconferences

National Ethics Teleconference (NET) calls provide education on selected topics in health care ethics and offer an opportunity for practitioners and others throughout VHA to discuss an important health care ethics issue.