Addressing Racism in the Healthcare Encounter: The Role of Clinical Ethics Consultants


Vanessa Madrigal, Kate MacDuffie, and Erin Talati Paquette


Clinical ethicists move in different environments and interface with a variety of stakeholders, and are therefore uniquely positioned to answer the call for equity and anti-racism. We describe why a clinical ethicist should contribute to anti-racism efforts and describe general approaches for addressing racism across institutional contexts, including: (1) addressing racism as bedside clinical ethics consultant, (2) addressing wider lens of anti-racism work across multiple ethics consults over time, and (3) addressing racism at the organizational level.



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