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The development of a descriptive evaluation tool for clinical ethics case consultations

Pedersen, Reidar
Schildmann, Jan
Schuster, Sandra
Molewijk, Bert
Published in Clinical Ethics. 2010, vol. 5, no. 3, p. 136-141
Abstract There is growing interest in clinical ethics. However, we still have sparse knowledge about what is actually going on in the everyday practice of clinical ethics consultations. This paper introduces a descriptive evaluation tool to present, discuss and compare how clinical ethics case consultations are actually carried out. The tool does not aim to define ‘best practice'. Rather, it facilitates concrete comparisons and evaluative discussions of the role, function, procedures and ideals inherent in clinical ethics case consultation practices. The tool was developed during meetings of the European Clinical Ethics Network. Based on written reports and participation in the network meetings, the development and the content of the tool and the results of its application in presenting and discussing 10 case consultations are summarized. The tool facilitated understanding of the details of clinical ethics case consultations across individuals and institutions with various experiences and cultures, and comparison between various practices.
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PEDERSEN, Reidar et al. The development of a descriptive evaluation tool for clinical ethics case consultations. In: Clinical Ethics, 2010, vol. 5, n° 3, p. 136-141. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:85300

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