ERIC Number: ED359860
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Hospital Ethics Committees (HEC): Educating across the Health Professions.
Spicker, Stuart F.; Kushner, Thomasine
A team at the University of Connecticut Health Center developed a model ethics and law curriculum for Hospital Ethics Committee (HEC) members. A multi-disciplinary project team composed of philosophers, lawyers, physicians, and social scientists developed a 7-day intensive bioethics/health law/medicine curriculum. The team designed the curriculum around three interrelated areas: committee structure and operation, analytic techniques, and topical issues. When the curriculum was in place, 47 participants from across the nation attended the seminars in three groups. Following the seminars, a working conference was convened for all 47 participants. Two significant outcomes were the production of a new bi-monthly journal, "HEC Forum," in which the essays written by the participants will be published, and the establishment of a national HEC network. To assess the impact of attendance on the seminar participants, information was gathered through the administration of scored pretests and posttests, and the completion of post-seminar evaluation forms by the participants, and informal feedback sessions following each seminar. Comparison of pretest and posttest performance showed that the test scores of 73 percent of the new HEC members improved, though only 44 percent of those with an intermediate amount of experience and 50 percent of the most experienced participants showed score increases. Contains 11 reference notes. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ. Health Center, Farmington.