Ongoing Evaluation of Clinical Ethics Consultations as a Form of Continuous Quality Improvement

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Abstract

Ongoing evaluation of a clinical ethics consultation service (ECS) allows for continuous quality improvement, a process-based, data-driven approach for improving the quality of a service. Evaluations by stakeholders involved in a consultation can provide real-time feedback about what is working well and what might need to be improved. Although numerous authors have previously presented data from research studies on the effectiveness of clinical ethics consultation, few ECSs routinely send evaluations as an ongoing component of their everyday clinical activities. The primary purpose of this article is to equip and encourage others to engage in ongoing evaluation of their own ECS. Toward that end, the following resources are shared: (1) the survey tool used to gather the evaluation data, (2) the procedure used to elicit and collate responses, and (3) how the resulting data are used to support continuous quality improvement and justify the continued financial support of the ECS to hospital administration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-317
Number of pages4
JournalThe Journal of clinical ethics
Volume28
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

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Clinical Ethics
Quality Improvement
moral philosophy
evaluation
European currency system
hospital administration
Hospital Administration
Financial Support
data analysis
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy

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