Listening or telling? Thoughts on responsibility in clinical ethics consultation
Journal/Book: Theor Med. 1996; 17: Spuiboulevard 50, PO Box 17, 3300 AA Dordrecht, Netherlands. Kluwer Academic Publ. 255-277.
Abstract: This article reviews the historical and current controversies about the nature of clinical ethics consultation, as a way to focus on the place and responsibility of ethics consultants within the context of clinical conversation - interpreted as a form of dialogue. These matters are approached through a particularly compelling instance of the controversy that involves several major figures in the field. The analysis serves to highlight very significant questions of the nature and constraints of clinical situations, and the moral responsibility and legal accountability that are especially important for clinical ethics consultants.
Note: Article RM Zaner, Vanderbilt Univ, Med Ctr, Ctr Clin & Res Eth, Nashville, TN 37240 USA
Keyword(s): clinical ethics consultation; responsibility; accountability dialogue; moral expert; trust