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IE in the News

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Overview

Read

IntegratedEthics: An Innovative Program to Improve Ethics Quality in Health Care. The Innovation Journal. 2010 Summer;15(2).

Improving Ethics Quality: Looking Beneath the Surface - one-page article uses an iceberg model to describe the three levels of ethics quality in health care

IntegratedEthics: Closing the Ethics Quality Gap - two-page article describes how the IntegratedEthics model can be used to identify and fix ethics gaps

What Is Ethics Quality? - one-page article describes how the IntegratedEthics model defines ethics quality in health care

Domains of Ethics in Health Care 

A Brief Business Case for Ethics - article describing how a strong ethics program can reap concrete benefits for a health care organization.  

IntegratedEthics Policy- VHA Handbook 1004.06

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IntegratedEthics: Improving Ethics Quality in Health Care Video - ten-minute video provides an introduction and overview of the benefits of IntegratedEthics


 

Program Management

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Tools to explain the role of the IE Program Officer and the IE Council:

Tools to explain the role of the IE Regional (VISN) Coordinator and the Regional (VISN) IE Advisory Board:

Tools to assess the structures and processes of an IE program:

  • IntegratedEthics Facility Workbook - designed to help facilities assess current ethics quality, identify strengths as well as opportunities for improvement, set goals, and develop quality improvement plans.
  • IntegratedEthics program achievement goals - IntegratedEthics Program data are collected with the purposes of monitoring implementation of IntegratedEthics as required in VHA Handbook 1004.06 and to obtain examples of strong practices in ethics consultation, preventive ethics, ethical leadership, and the Facility IntegratedEthics Council and VISN IE Advisory Board.
  • VISN Reflection Tool - for VISN IE POC use when discussing the VISN program and VISN IEAB

Tools to support IE Councils:


Ethics Consultation

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Ethics Consultation: Responding to Ethics Questions in Health Care (2nd Edition) - The primer provides an introduction to health care ethics consultation, and outlines a step-by-step approach to conducting ethics consultations using the CASES approach. Intended for staff who participate in ethics consultations, including leaders responsible for overseeing the ethics consultation function.

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Ethics Consultation: Responding to Ethics Questions in Health Care Video - This two-part course (each part is 45 minutes in length) discusses important elements of a successful ethics consultation service and, using specific examples and interactive exercises, reviews CASES, a five-step approach to performing effective ethics consultations.

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Ethics consultation core tools:

Tools to increase awareness of ethics consultation:

Tools to assess ethics consultant knowledge and skills:

Resources for new ethics consultants:

Guide for New Ethics Consultants

Template: Ethics Consultant Appointment Letter to the Ethics Consultation Service

Six advanced training modules on the CASES approach to ethics quality improvement for Ethics Consultation Coordinators and other team members:

Tools to explain the role of the ethics consultation coordinator:


Preventive Ethics

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Preventive Ethics: Addressing Ethics Quality Gaps on a Systems Level (2nd Edition) - The primer provides an introduction to preventive ethics and outlines a step-by-step approach to improving systems and processes that influence ethics practices in a health care organization

Preventive Ethics: Addressing Ethics Quality Gaps on a Systems Level. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 

IntegratedEthics Policy- VHA Handbook 1004.06

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Preventive Ethics: Addressing Ethics Quality Gaps on a Systems Level Video - 45-minute, interactive video to teach viewers how to apply principles of quality improvement to proactively address ethics issues on a systems level

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Preventive Ethics core tools:

Document a completed improvement cycle:

Six advanced training modules on key PE concepts for Preventive Ethics Coordinators and team members:

Tools to explain the role and responsibilities of the Preventive Ethics Coordinator:


Ethical Leadership

Read

Ethical Leadership: Fostering an Ethical Environment and Culture 

IntegratedEthics Policy- VHA Handbook 1004.06

Watch

Ethical Leadership: Fostering an Ethical Environment and Culture Video

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Tools to explain the role of the Ethical Leadership Coordinator:

Tools to support the development of ethical leadership skills:

Talk About Ethics - an activity and activity guide for all staff members to help them consider how they "talk about ethics" and to encourage discussion with their colleagues

Ethics Discussion Activities - using journal articles and media examples, activities prompt group discussion of ethical leadership concepts.

Tools to improve plans to strengthen an organization's environment and culture:


Archives

Outdated or superseded Improvement Forum calls 

The following materials were used in the initial 2008 launch of the VA IntegratedEthics program. If you would like access to these files, please message vhaethics@va.gov:

  • Ethical Leadership Toolkit
  • Ethics Consultation ToolKit
  • Preventive Ethics Toolkit
  • Preventive Ethics Primer, First Edition
  • IntergratedEthics Program Officer Toolkit