The Use of Metaphors in Hospital Ethics Committees: A Field Study of a Children's HEC and a Veterans Administration HEC
Splaingard, Deborah W.
HEC (HealthCare Ethics Committee) Forum. 1994 Jul; 6(4): 223-234.
Members of hospital ethics committees (HEC) use metaphors to help clarify complex situations and to provide a common ground and language for discussing and understanding controversial issues. Metaphors may both reveal and shape some of the underlying assumptions involved in medical ethics decisionmaking. Metaphors play a variety of strategic roles in HECs. They provide common ground for communication among individuals from disparate backgrounds and they enable committee members to give voice to strong feelings.
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