Health care ethics consultation: an update on core competencies and emerging standards from the American Society For Bioethics and Humanities' core competencies update task force

Am J Bioeth. 2013;13(2):3-13. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2012.750388.


Ethics consultation has become an integral part of the fabric of U.S. health care delivery. This article summarizes the second edition of the Core Competencies for Health Care Ethics Consultation report of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. The core knowledge and skills competencies identified in the first edition of Core Competencies have been adopted by various ethics consultation services and education programs, providing evidence of their endorsement as health care ethics consultation (HCEC) standards. This revised report was prompted by thinking in the field that has evolved since the original report. Patients, family members, and health care providers who encounter ethical questions or concerns that ethics consultants could help address deserve access to efficient, effective, and accountable HCEC services. All individuals providing such services should be held to the standards of competence and quality described in the revised report.

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Decision Making* / ethics
  • Delivery of Health Care / ethics*
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards
  • Ethicists / standards*
  • Ethics Committees / standards
  • Ethics Consultation / standards*
  • Ethics, Clinical
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Goals
  • Health Personnel / standards
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Morals
  • Personal Autonomy*
  • Professional Competence / standards*
  • Societies
  • Terminology as Topic
  • Uncertainty
  • United States