Volume 21, Number 3, Fall 2010


All Careproviders Need More Opportunities to Share their Ethical Concerns with Others


Edmund G. Howe


The Journal of Clinical Ethics 21, no. 3 (Fall 2010): 179-88.


Attention to the ethical concerns of healthcare aides can provide important information about patientsí needs to careproviders, improve the ethical environment of an institution, and benefit aides who suffer from bearing ethical concerns alone. All persons benefit from sharing their ethical concerns with others. Among other benefits, ethics consultation offers careproviders, caregivers, healthcare aides, patients, and patientsí loved ones an opportunity to have their concerns heard.


John Fletcher tried to follow every ethics consultation with a debriefing for all participants, including patients and family members, to increase the possibility for continued healing after the conclusion of the consultation, and there are good reasons to follow this practice.

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