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Ethics Consultation: Responding to Ethics Questions in Health Care

Ethics consultation improves health care quality by helping staff members, patients, and families resolve ethical concerns. IntegratedEthics® (IE) provides comprehensive standards, methods, and tools to ensure high quality ethics consultations in all VHA Facilities.

The Ethics Consultation Coordinator is a member of the IE Council and oversees the facility's ethics consultation service and ongoing consultation activities. In the IE model,ethics consultation services use the CASES approach, which includes the following steps:

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Clarify the consultant request

Assemble the relevant information

Synthesize the information

Explain the synthesis

Support the consultation process

The IntegratedEthics tools listed on this page are just a few of those available to support a strong IE program. Additional key IE tools are located in the Index to IE Resources or in the Learning Resources Catalogue.

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What's New

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

Third Annual Ethical Leadership and Preventive Ethics Quality Improvement Virtual Meeting: September 18, 12pm ET. View the posters here!

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