HEC Forum

, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp 342–359

Determinants of hospital ethics committee success

  • Linda S. Scheirton

DOI: 10.1007/BF02217981

Cite this article as:
Scheirton, L.S. HEC Forum (1992) 4: 342. doi:10.1007/BF02217981


In December 1990, an empirical study assessing hospital ethics committee (HEC) success was completed. Success was measured in terms of the number of interventions undertaken by the committees in four functional areas: education, guidelines development, prospective and retrospective case review. Some commonly quoted success determinants, such as multidisciplinarity, physician chairpersons, and a high institutional status of the chairperson were found not to foster success; the latter two, actually decreased committee success.

Key words

Chairperson status HEC membership successful HECs 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

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  • Linda S. Scheirton

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