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J Clin Ethics. 2010 Spring;21(1):14-22.

Toward competency-based certification of clinical ethics consultants: a four-step process.

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Department of Bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.


While consensus exists among many practitioners of ethics consultation about the need for and identification of core competencies and standards, there has been virtually no attempt to determine how these competencies and standards are best taught and assessed. We believe that clinical ethics consultation has reached a state of sufficient maturity that expert practitioners can evaluate those who are new to the field. We will outline several steps that can facilitate the creation of a certification process for clinical ethics consultants, assuring the competency and quality of consultation for the patients, families, and healthcare professionals who utilize ECSs.

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