In evaluating a case, ethics committees generally discuss the relevant facts, concerns, values and preferences for each party, conflicts among the values, options, best choices, reasons for the concern and how to prevent the issue in the future.
“We put together options, but ultimately let them hash it out,” ECH Director of Community Relations Jane Hooper said.
“Often, when someone comes to an ethics committee, they want support, and when outsiders come to the same conclusion, it would be helpful.
“What we say is not carved in stone; it’s just what we can offer,” she continued. “We try to give well-thought-out suggestions, which we come to with a consensus.
“Sometimes, it’s just the need for support and reassurance.”
For additional information, contact Hooper at 873-3003.
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