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ERIC Number: EJ808460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1042-9670
Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrists on Bioethics Committees: Opportunities for Academic Leadership
Geppert, Cynthia M. A.; Cohen, Mary Ann
Academic Psychiatry, v30 n5 p416-421 Oct 2006
Objective: This article briefly reviews the history of the relationship between psychiatry and the leadership of ethics committees as a background for examining appropriate educational initiatives to adequately prepare residents and early career psychiatrists to serve as leaders of ethics committees. Method: A Medline review of literature on psychiatry and ethics committees and consultation as well as recent survey data from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine indicate that psychosomatic medicine psychiatrists are particularly qualified and interested in serving as chairs of ethics committees. The authors compare knowledge and skills obtained in psychiatric training with the Society for Heath and Human Values and the Society for Bioethics Consultation Task Force on standards for ethics consultation proposed as core competencies for ethics committee leadership. Results: Psychiatric residency and fellowship training in psychosomatic medicine can provide the knowledge and skill sets to meet the standards for ethics consultation. Further professional development through pursuit of formal ethics training, advance degrees in bioethics, mentoring, and residency and fellowships focus on ethics and enhance competency, confidence, and the skills required for ethics committee leadership. Conclusions: Academic psychiatrists, particularly those in psychosomatic medicine, have historically made a significant contribution as chairs of ethics committees. Continuation and expansion of this leadership may require interested psychiatrists to obtain additional training in bioethics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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