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National Center for Ethics in Health Care


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EthicsRx is a recurring brief publication about health care ethics issues affecting the care of Veterans in VHA.
Each issue provides interpretation of and guidance on the implementation of a VHA policy for which the National Center for Ethics in Health Care is responsible or to which it contributes substantially. The goal of EthicsRx is to clarify policy, clear up misconceptions, and fill gaps in knowledge.
EthicsRx is written for use by the VHA ethics community, VA leadership, Veterans, the general public, and the larger bioethics community.

Documenting Veterans’ Mental Health Treatment Preferences in Advance Directives (July 2016, updated from 2009)

Signature Informed Consent Workflows: "Gurney Consent" (July 2015)

Requirement to Provide Written Materials for HIV Testing Waived (May 2016)

Oral Informed Consent for Auricular Acupuncture (September 2017)