A Profile of the Health Care Ethics Consultant

  • Françoise E. Baylis
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Biomedicine, Ethics, and Society book series (CIBES)


This chapter provides a functional description of the health care ethics consultant who is active in the clinical setting. It outlines the requisite knowledge, abilities, and traits of character for case consultation on ethical issues in clinical care or in clinical research, and for ethics consultation to clinical ethics committees, research ethics boards (institutional review boards), and policy formulation committees in health care institutions. This chapter is the core of the book, the content of other chapters having been informed by the evolution of this chapter. This being said, a number of brief comments are necessary to place the chapter within its proper context.


Extensive Knowledge Clinical Ethic Ethic Consultation Moral Problem Apply Ethic 
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