Ethics Consultations and Conflict Engagement in Health Care
Georgia State University - College of Law
March 3, 2014
Cardozo J. of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 15, pp. 363-423, 2014
Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-11
This article explores the intersection of two professional fields - bioethics and clinical ethics consultation in health care on one hand, and alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") and conflict management on the other - which until recent years remained relatively unknown to each other. It marries the literatures and lessons of these two fields in order to promote the quality of ethics consultations in hospitals and other health care organizations.
Increasingly, health care ethics committees and consultants acknowledge the need to employ the frameworks, approaches, and tools of good conflict management to do their work effectively. Similarly, conflict specialists and ADR professionals are becoming increasingly interested in adapting their skills and expertise to health care organizations, yet they may be largely unfamiliar with the unique cultures and operations of these organizations that impact the nature of the conflicts that arise and the practicalities of their management. This article is intended to provide the common ground for professional understanding across these two fields and a framework for adapting the core principles and insights of the conflict-management field to the particular context of health care ethics consultation. The ultimate goal of improving ethics committees' and consultants' abilities to engage effectively with the conflicts that are referred to them is to improve the quality of patient care.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 63
Keywords: clinical ethics, clinical ethics committee, bioethics, ADR, alternative dispute resolution, hospital ethics committees, ethics consultations, dispute resolution
JEL Classification: I19, K19, K30, K39, K49
Date posted: March 8, 2014 ; Last revised: May 13, 2014