Ethics committees and consultants

C. Christopher Hook, Keith M. Swetz, Paul S. Mueller

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3 Scopus citations


The increasing complexity of healthcare creates numerous ethical challenges in patient care and in institutional functions and policies. During the past several decades, clinical ethics consultation services and institutional ethics committees have been developed to assist patients, medical professionals, and institutions in addressing ethical challenges. This chapter discusses the nature of clinical ethics consultation and the training of ethics consultants and committees. The authors review the experience at their institution (Mayo Clinic). Finally, the value of ethics consultation, as described in the medical literature, is reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Clinical Neurology
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameHandbook of Clinical Neurology
ISSN (Print)0072-9752


  • Bioethics
  • Ethics
  • Ethics committees
  • Ethics consultants
  • Ethics consultation
  • Ethics consults
  • Medical ethics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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