Every accredited American hospital is required to have a mechanism for handling ethical concerns; most hospitals satisfy this requirement by constituting an institutional healthcare ethics committee, a pattern repeated in most western countries. This text provides definitive, comprehensive guidance for members of healthcare ethics committees confronted with ethically challenging situations.
About the Author
D. Micah Hester is Chief of the Division of Medical Humanities and Associate Professor of Medical Humanities/Pediatrics, University of Arkansas, and Clinical Ethicist, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, AR, USA.
Toby Schonfeld is Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University and Director of the Masters of Arts in Bioethics Program, Center for Ethics, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA.