Evaluating Outcomes in Ethics Consultation Research
Arnold, Robert M.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1996 Summer; 7(2): 127-138.
A major achievement of the Conference on Evaluation of Case Consultation in Clinical Ethics was to enumerate measurable outcomes that are relevant to ethics consultation and to categorize them into four broad content areas or domains: (1) ethicality; (2) satisfaction; (3) resolution of conflict; and (4) education. This article summarizes and expands on these conference findings, drawing from the scholarly literature on clinical ethics and related fields. For each of the four domains identified by conference participants, we will explain our conception of the domain by specifying its composition and limits, raise and discuss questions that we believe are fundamental to measuring these outcomes, and cite examples of evaluation efforts in related areas. By laying this conceptual groundwork, we hope to stimulate further discussion and progress within and outside the field, as well as to provide a practical starting point for other investigators who wish to engage in this research.
Attitudes; Autonomy; Bioethical Issues; Bioethics; Clinical Ethics; Confidentiality; Consensus; Consent; Consultation; Dissent; Education; Ethicists; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Ethics Consultation; Evaluation; Evaluation Studies; Family Members; Goals; Health; Health Personnel; Health Services; Health Services Research; Investigators; Literature; Patient Satisfaction; Patients; Research; Research Design; Review; Standards; Terminal Care; Third Party Consent;
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