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What is an ethics consultation?

Ruth Politi, MSN
Nursing

Health care delivery can be very complex, not only because of the increasing use of technology, but also because of the different values held by diverse populations. Individuals have a right to autonomy, which means they have a right to make their own decisions, once they are fully informed and are able to understand the risks and benefits of their decision. Sometimes an individual's values are in conflict with other people involved in their care, so an ethics consultation may be helpful before any final decisions are made.

An ethics consultation may be done by an individual, a team or an entire ethics committee. They will not only help patients and their families, but they will also help health care providers or those designated as surrogate decision makers when faced with a difficult decision.

 

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.