From Anonymity to Respect: Lessons in the Establishment of a Bioethics Forum
HEC (HealthCare Ethics Committee) Forum. 1995 Jan; 7(1): 3-12.
Summary: a bioethics forum in a midwest hospital that had low-profile anonymity has achieved higher-profile visibility and respect. This process included careful attention by the stakeholders who emphasized the "political neutrality" of all players. In addition, retroactive case reviews and attending conferences has supplemented the education of the members. Emphasis has moved to a more open claiming of the Forum's authority through staff education, to the development of its own policy and procedure and review of hospital policies and procedures. Finally, the transition to new leadership is a sign of the vitality of the Forum. The key requirements for the successful development of this process are patience, self education, and attention to challenges, including administration's concern not to alienate physicians and physicians' concern not to be the targets of "doctor bashing." Concern for the issues, continuing self-education, and a resolute commitment of the members are essential in attaining the goal of a sound functioning ethics Forum.
Administrators; Bioethics; Clergy; Clinical Ethics; Clinical Ethics Committees; Communication; Education; Ethicists; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Hospitals; Hospital Policies; Institutional Policies; Interdisciplinary Communication; Nurses; Organization and Administration; Physicians; Review; Social Workers; Stakeholders;
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