Elements of an engaged clinical ethics: a qualitative analysis of hospice clinical ethics committee discussions

Hunt, Geoffrey and Gannon, Craig and Gallagher, Ann (2012) Elements of an engaged clinical ethics: a qualitative analysis of hospice clinical ethics committee discussions. Clinical Ethics, 7 (4). pp. 175-182. ISSN 1477-7509

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1258/ce.2012.012013

Abstract

Social, legal and health-care changes have created an increasing need for ethical review within end-of-life care. Multiprofessional clinical ethics committees (CECs) are increasingly supporting decision-making in hospitals and hospices. This paper reports findings from an analysis of formal summaries from CEC meetings, of one UK hospice, spanning four years. Using qualitative content analysis, five themes were identified: timeliness of decision-making, holistic care, contextual openness, values diversity and consensual understanding. The elements of an engaged clinical ethics in a hospice context is not generally acknowledged nor its elements articulated. Findings from this study have the potential to explain some of the most challenging ethical problems and to contribute to their resolution. It may also guide future deliberation and raise CEC members' awareness of the recurrent issues and values of their CEC practice. (Authors' abstract)

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 170 Ethics
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Jonathan Lucas
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2013 13:59
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2013 13:59
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/544

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