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

Hunt, G, Gannon, C and Gallagher, A (2012) Elements of an engaged clinical ethics: A qualitative analysis of hospice clinical ethics committee discussions Clinical Ethics, 7 (4). pp. 175-182.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Hunt, GUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gannon, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gallagher, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : December 2012
Identification Number : 10.1258/ce.2012.012013
Additional Information : Published in Clinical Ethics 7 (4) 2012. Copyright 2012 Sage Publications.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 21 Nov 2013 12:11
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:46
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/804554

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