The role of healthcare ethics committee networks in shaping healthcare policy and practices

HEC Forum 18 (1):85-94 (2006)
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As national and state health care policy -making becomes contentious and complex, there is a need for a forum to debate and explore public concerns and values in health care, give voice to local citizens, to facilitate consensus among various stakeholders, and provide feedback and direction to health care institutions and policy makers. This paper explores the role that regional health care ethics committees can play and provides two contrasting examples of Networks involved in facilitation of public input into and the development of health care policies and adoption of state-wide practices.

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Rose Mary Volbrecht
Gonzaga University


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