Telemedicine as a Tool to Bring Clinical Ethics Expertise to Remote Locations

HEC Forum 27 (2):189-199 (2015)

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The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities promulgated standards for clinical ethics consultants and is currently developing a national Quality Attestation in Clinical Ethics Consultation to assist facilities in ensuring that those performing clinical ethics consultations meet minimum standards. As the field moves towards such professionalization, there is a need to provide access to qualified clinical ethicists at a broad range of medical facilities. Currently, however, there are insufficient numbers of trained clinical ethicists to staff all healthcare facilities, and many facilities lack the necessary resources to hire staff clinical ethicists. In this review, we describe several models for providing expert clinical ethics support to remote facilities that lack access to qualified clinical ethicists. Based on this analysis, we recommend telemedicine as the optimal model providing expert support to local ethics committee members tasked with providing clinical ethics consultation services
Keywords Ethics consultation  Ethics committees, clinical  Ethicists  Ethics  Ethics committees  Telemedicine  Remote consultation
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DOI 10.1007/s10730-015-9272-x
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