The art of the chart note in clinical ethics consultation and bioethics mediation: conveying information that can be understood and evaluated

J Clin Ethics. Summer 2013;24(2):148-55.


Unlike bioethics mediators who are employed by healthcare organizations as outside consultants, mediators who are embedded in an institution must be authorized to chronicle a clinical ethics consultation (CEC) or a mediation in a patient's medical chart. This is an important privilege, as the chart is a legal document. In this article I discuss this important part of a bioethics mediator's tool kit in my presentation of a case illustrating how bioethics mediation may proceed, and what this approach using both bioethics and mediation may add.

MeSH terms

  • Consultants*
  • Ethicists*
  • Ethics Consultation*
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Humans
  • Medical Records / standards*
  • Negotiating*
  • United States