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A Pilot Evaluation of Portfolios for Quality Attestation of Clinical Ethics Consultants. Am J Bioeth 2016;16(3):15-24



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2-s2.0-84959348723   39 Citations


Although clinical ethics consultation is a high-stakes endeavor with an increasing prominence in health care systems, progress in developing standards for quality is challenging. In this article, we describe the results of a pilot project utilizing portfolios as an evaluation tool. We found that this approach is feasible and resulted in a reasonably wide distribution of scores among the 23 submitted portfolios that we evaluated. We discuss limitations and implications of these results, and suggest that this is a significant step on the pathway to an eventual certification process for clinical ethics consultants.

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Fins JJ, Kodish E, Cohn F, Danis M, Derse AR, Dubler NN, Goulden B, Kuczewski M, Mercer MB, Pearlman RA, Smith ML, Tarzian A, Youngner SJ


Arthur R. Derse MD, JD Director, Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin

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Ethics Consultation
Ethics, Medical
Pilot Projects
Professional Competence
Quality of Health Care
United States