Report on the conference “clinical ethics consultation: theories and methods—implementation—evaluation,” February 11–15, 2008, Bochum, Germany
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From February 11th to 15th 2008, the international conference “Clinical Ethics Consultation: theories and methods—implementation—evaluation”, organized by Jan Schildmann, John-Stewart Gordon, and Jochen Vollmann, took place at the Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine in Bochum. The conference was sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research. Fifteen young scholars from eight European countries attended the conference. They gave an overview of their research focussing on topics reaching from theoretical concepts for clinical ethics consultation (CEC) to strategies for context specific implementation and evaluation. In these 5 days of presentation, discussion, and reflection with a good working atmosphere and interdisciplinary work two main areas of interest were pursued. First was the presentation and discussion on theoretical concepts and practical experiences. Second, collective (group) work on specific issues and problems in CEC.