Facilitating Medical Ethics Case Review: What Ethics Committees Can Learn From Mediation and Facilitation Techniques
West, Mary Beth
Gibson, Joan McIver
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 1992 Winter; 1(1): 63-74.
Medical ethics committees are increasingly called on to assist doctors, patients, and families in resolving difficult ethics issues. Although committees are becoming more sophisticated in the substance of medical ethics, little attention has been given to the processes these committees use to facilitate decision-making. In 1990, the National Institute for Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C., provided a planning grant from its Innovation Fund to the Institute of Public Law of the University of New Mexico School of Law to look at what ethics committees can learn from facilitation and mediation techniques. The study's thesis was that, if adapted for use by medical ethics committees, facilitation and mediation techniques can be helpful to those bodies in case review consultations and in other internal committee processes. This article reports on that project.
Clinical Ethics; Clinical Ethics Committees; Communication; Consultation; Decision Making; Doctors; Ethical Review; Ethicists; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Evaluation; Family Members; Health; Health Facilities; Interdisciplinary Communication; Law; Legal Aspects; Mediation; Medical Ethics; Methods; Patients; Physicians; Referral and Consultation; Review; Social Interaction;
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