Ethics Committees in Neonatal Care: Substantive Protection or Procedural Diversion?
Annas, George J.
American Journal of Public Health. 1984 Aug; 74(8): 843-845.
The federal government, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research have all proposed the establishment of hospital ethics committees to solve decision making dilemmas in neonatal as well as other critical care areas. Annas argues that education, consultation, and policy making are inappropriate committee functions and identifies individual case adjudication as the only role uniquely suited to ethics committees. He concludes that the first priority is the development of substantive standards on which committee decisions can be based. (KIE abstract)
Allowing to Die; Behavioral Research; Clinical Ethics; Clinical Ethics Committees; Consultation; Decision Making; Education; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Federal Government; Goals; Government; Health; Hospitals; Hospital Ethics Committees; Infants; Institutional Policies; Intensive Care Units; Liability; Medicine; Newborns; Patient Advocacy; Patient Care; Pediatrics; Policy Making; Public Policy; Research; Selection for Treatment; Standards; Withholding Treatment;
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