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Role of ethics committees, ethics networks, and ethics centers in improving end-of-life care

Role of ethics committees, ethics networks, and ethics centers in improving end-of-life care

Pain Medicine 2(2): 162-168

This article chronicles the work of Midwest Bioethics Center, several community-state partnerships, and other local and national initiatives to determine their proper role and appropriate contribution. Professional education and development, institutional reform, and community engagement are areas of concern because ethics committees, networks, and centers sponsor workshops and conferences on palliative care for healthcare professionals, hold public forums, develop advance care planning projects, and provide expertise to legislators and other policymakers. The leading edge of the work being done by ethics committees, networks, and centers appears to be using continuous quality improvement methods, specifically the development of quality indicators, to promote accountability in end-of-life care reform efforts. This work is something that ethics committees can and should take on.

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DOI: 10.1046/j.1526-4637.2001.002002162.x

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