Volume 18, Issue 1, Spring 2018
Ethics Services in Catholic Health Care
Examining Quality and Value in Ethics Consultation Services
The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities poses a challenge in Core Competencies for Healthcare Ethics Consultation: health care ethics consultation services “should be able to demonstrate their value to those who pay for the service, as well as to those whom the service is intended to serve.” To respond to this challenge, this article provides a brief review of the literature on evaluating ethics consultation in its traditional frameworks of quality outcomes. The author follows this discussion with a new methodology to evaluate ethics consultation on the basis of the intrinsic good of the service. He ends with a novel risk-based assessment to complement the evaluation of clinical ethics services grounded in the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.