Evaluation Research and the Future of Ethics Consultation
Tulsky, James A.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1996 Summer; 7(2): 146-149.
...As a field, we have done very little to demonstrate the quality or effectiveness of ethics consultation. Instead, we have been busy practicing the art as pioneers in a new field, with varied objectives and styles, in relative isolation from each other. Perhaps lulled into complacency by a bygone era of cost-plus reimbursement, we have grown to expect others to accept it on faith that what we do is worthwhile. Now it is time for us to take a critical look at our work, not only to satisfy others, but to satisfy ourselves that we are doing the best job possible. As individuals interested in the future of ethics consultation, we must act now and act responsibly. First, we must critically assess the various consultative models that are currently in use. We must determine which functions ethics consultation performs well, and which might be better served by other mechanisms. We must also discover how our work can be improved. Eventually, we must work toward standardizing practices and assuring quality.
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Tulsky, James A.; Stocking, Carol B. (1996)...Our objective in this article is to identify the problems associated with the design of studies to evaluate both the process of ethics consultation and its effectiveness, and to propose potential solutions. We will ...