Table of contents for Handbook for health care ethics committees / Linda Farber Post, Jeffrey Blustein, and Nancy Neveloff Dubler.

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Introduction. The Nature and Functioning of Ethics Committees
I. Curriculum for Ethics Committees
1. Ethical Foundations of Clinical Practice
 The Role of Ethics in Clinical Medicine
 Ethics Committees in the Health Care Setting
 Fundamental Ethical Principles
 The Role of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity in Health Care
 Conflicting Obligations and Ethical Dilemmas
2. Decision Making and Decisional Capacity in Adults
 Health Care Decisions and Decision Making
 Decision-making Capacity
 Assessment and Determination of Capacity
 Deciding for Patients without Capacity
3. Informed Consent and Refusal
 Evolution of the Doctrine of Informed Consent
 Elements of Informed Consent and Refusal
 The Nature of Informed Consent
 Exceptions to the Consent Requirement
4. Truth Telling: Disclosure and Confidentiality
 Disclosure of Adverse Outcomes and Medical Error
5. Special Decision-Making Concerns of Minors
 Decisional Capacity and Minors
 Consent for Minors
 Confidentiality and Disclosure
 Special Problems of the Adolescent Alone
6. End-of-Life Issues
 Decision Making at the End of Life
 Defining Death
 Advance Health Care Planning
 Goals of Care at the End of Life
 Forgoing Life-sustaining Treatment
 Protecting Patients from Treatment
 Rejection of Recommended Treatment and Requests to "Do Everything"
 Medical Futility
7. Palliation
 From Caring to Curing and Back Again
 The Experience of and Response to Pain
 The Moral Imperative to Relieve Pain
 Physician-assisted Suicide
8. Justice, Access to Care, and Organizational Ethics
 Access to Health Care in the United States
 A Right to Health Care?
 Theories of Justice
 Health Care Organizational Ethics
II. Clinical Ethics Consultation
9. Approaches to Ethics Consultation
10. Sample Clinical Cases
 Autonomy in Tension with Best Interest
 Disclosure and Truth Telling
 Decisional Capacity
 End-of-life Care
 Forgoing Life-sustaining Treatment
 Goals of Care
 Informed Consent and Refusal
 Medical Futility
 Parental Decision Making
 Surrogate Decision Making
III. White Papers, Memoranda, Guidelines, and Protocols
 Allocating Critical Care Resources: Keeping the Teeth in ICU Triage
 Justice and Access to Unreimbursed Therapies
 Guidelines for Transferring Patients between Services
 Decision-Making Protocol for the Patient Alone
IV. Sample Policies and Procedures
 Access to Bioethics Consultation
 Advance Directives
 Determination of Brain Death
 Do-Not-Intubate (DNI) Orders
 Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Orders
 End-of-Life Care
 Forgoing Life-extending Treatment
V. Institutional Code of Ethics
VI. Key Legal Cases in Bioethics
VII. An Ethics Committee Meeting

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Medical ethics committees -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Ethics Committees, Clinical -- ethics.
Bioethical Issues.
Ethics, Clinical.