Oregon Health Decisions
Garland, Michael J.
JAMA. 1985 Dec 13; 254(22): 3213-3216.
Oregon Health Decisions is a citizen-based nonprofit organization, established in the early 1980s to develop statewide awareness of bioethical issues and to encourage citizen participation in resolving such dilemmas. Operating through community agencies, the project recruited volunteers, held interdisciplinary workshops, and conducted 300 meetings involving more than 5,000 people. Resolutions were developed in five areas: autonomy and dignity of patients, disease prevention, access to health care, cost control, and resource allocation. The primary results have been heightened awareness within Oregon about bioethical issues, funding for other bioethics educational activities, new tasks for health planning agencies, and national media coverage that has fostered an interest in similar projects by other states and organizations. (KIE abstract)
Advisory Committees; Autonomy; Access to Health Care; Bioethical Issues; Bioethics; Communication; Decision Making; Disease; Economics; Financial Support; Government; Health; Health Care; Information Dissemination; Interdisciplinary Communication; Mass Media; Medicine; Organizations; Patients; Politics; Preventive Medicine; Program Descriptions; Public Participation; Public Policy; Resource Allocation; State Government; Values; Volunteers;
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