Novel Paths to Relevance: How Clinical Ethics Committees Promote Ethical Reflection
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How may clinical ethics committees (CECs) inspire ethical reflection among healthcare professionals? How may they deal with organizational ethics issues? In recent years, Norwegian CECs have attempted different activites that stretch or go beyond the standard trio of education, consultation, and policy work. We studied the novel activities of Norwegian CECs by examining annual reports and interviewing CEC members. Through qualitative analysis we identified nine categories of novel CEC activities, which we describe by way of examples. In light of the findings, we argue that some novel working methods may be well suited to promote ethical reflection among clinicians, and that the CEC may be a suitable venue for discussing issues of organizational ethics.
KeywordsEthics committee Clinical ethics Organizational ethics
The authors’ research on the Norwegian clinical ethics committees is funded by the Norwegian Directorate of Health.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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