National Center for Ethics in Health Care
NCEHC establishes policy and standards for care in VHA that promote strong health care ethics practices, including standards related to informed consent, and advance care planning.
Informed consent processes empower patients to be participants in decisions about their health care by ensuring that patients (or surrogates) understand risks, benefits and alternatives, and can voluntarily consent to treatments and procedures. VHA policy on informed consent aligns with 38 C.F.R. § 17.32, Informed Consent and Advance Directives.
Advance care planning is a process that supports adults at any age or stage of health in understanding and sharing their personal values, life goals, and preferences regarding future medical care. The goal of advance care planning is to help ensure that people receive medical care that is consistent with their values, goals and preferences during serious and chronic illness. VHA policy on advance care planning aligns with 38 C.F.R. § 17.32, Informed Consent and Advance Directives