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Hospital ethics committees: time to move beyond the obvious

Robyna Irshad Khan

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2010.093


Hospital ethics committees (HECs) have come into vogue over the past quarter of a century, but subsequent to Joint Commission International Accreditation’s mandate in 1992, they have become an essential part of all major hospitals in North America. These committees work on different models to address the clinical ethics needs of hospitals. Some hospitals have a fulltime clinical ethicist, while others use a multidisciplinary committee comprising clinical, administrative, religious and legal representatives.

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