Moving Towards a New Hospital Model of Clinical Ethics


Evan G. DeRenzo, The Journal of Clinical Ethics 30, no. 2 (Summer 2019): 121-7.


The role of clinical ethics consultant in hospitals was created about 30 years ago. Since that time, two very different models for clinical ethics consultation, and who should perform it, have arisen: clinician ethicists and nonclinician ethicists, or bioethicists. Neither model provides everything that hospitals might need, and both include perspectives that are not ideal for hospital practice. It’s time for a new model, one designed specifically to meet the needs of hospital patients, one we might call the hospital model of clinical ethics (HMCE).



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