The role of Clinical Ethics Committees

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Eleanor Updale


Over the past 15 years or so, Clinical Ethics Committees (CECs) have been established in many healthcare settings in the UK. How do they work, who sits on them, and what do they discuss? How formal should they be? Should their decisions be binding on clinicians, or purely advisory? Should they offer their services to patients and their families too? Are they valuable additions to clinical support, or simply intellectual talking-shops for their members? Should other countries set up CECs as part of their own approach to Clinical Ethics?


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Updale, Eleanor. 2009. “The Role of Clinical Ethics Committees”. Diametros, no. 22 (December):116-23.
Special topic - Clinical Ethics Committees
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Eleanor Updale

Eleanor Updale, dr: lay member of the CEC at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London / UK Dr Eleanor Updale (who is an historian and writer, and not a medical doctor) has been a lay member of the Clinical Ethics Committee at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for more than a decade. She is also on the editorial board of the journal Clinical Ethics. The views expressed here are her own, and not those of either of those bodies.
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