Philosophy of healthcare ethics practice statements: Quality attestation and beyond

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One element of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ recently-piloted. quality attestation portfolio for clinical ethics consultants is a “philosophy of clinical. ethics consultation statement” describing the candidate’s approach to clinical ethics. consultation. To date, these statements have been under-explored in the literature, in contrast to philosophy statements in other fields such as academic teaching. In this article, I argue there is merit in expanding the content of these statements. beyond clinical ethics consultation alone to describe the author’s approach to other. important “domains” of healthcare ethics practice (e.g., organizational policy development/.review and ethics teaching). I also claim such statements have at least three. additional uses outside quality attestation: (1) as a reflective practice learning tool. to increase role clarity among practicing healthcare ethicists and bioethics fellows;.(2) assisting practicing healthcare ethicists in clarifying role expectations with those. they work with; and (3) helping inform developing professional practice standards.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-360
Number of pages20
JournalHEC Forum
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical ethics
  • Ethics consultation
  • Healthcareethics practice
  • Quality attestation
  • Reflective practice

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