Cultural-Ethical Committee of ISMU

Ethic committee members support health care institutions with three major functions: providing clinical ethics consultation, developing and/or revising policies pertaining to clinical ethics and hospital policy, and facilitating education about topical issues in clinical ethics.

The underlying goals of ethic committee are:

  • to promote the rights of patients;
  • to promote shared decision making between patients (or their surrogates if decisionally incapacitated) and their clinicians;
  • to promote fair policies and procedures that maximize the likelihood of achieving good, patient-centered outcomes; and
  • to enhance the ethical environment for health care professionals in health care institutions.

Ethic committee members often help resolve ethical conflicts and answer ethical questions through the provision of consultations.

Ethic committee have expanded its traditional functions to become more comprehensive ethics programs. It address both clinical and organizational ethics issues. Ethic program provide ethics consultations in response to non-clinical ethics questions, identify and remedy systems-level factors that induce or exacerbate ethical problems and/or impede their resolution (often using quality improvement methods), and promote a positive ethics culture throughout the institution. Thus, the additional goals of ethic program include:

  • integrating ethics throughout the health care institution from the bedside to the boardroom,
  • ensuring that systems and processes contribute to/do not interfere with ethical practices, and
  • promoting ethical leadership behaviors, such as explaining the values that underlie decisions, stressing the importance of ethics, and promoting transparency in decision making.