OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care

Integrating the science of healthcare with the art of compassion.

Never before has so much been possible through the wonders of modern medicine.

And never before has it been so critical to bring to these spectacular cures and hopeful possibilities an ethical perspective of compassion, respect and justice to ensure that such care is delivered wisely and well.

Since 1989 the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care has partnered with practitioners of all health professions regionally and nationally to be a leading voice for compassionate health care.

Please click here to view Dr. Stephen G. Post's presentation for the Madeline Brill Nelson Speaker Series in Ethics Education. 
Dr. Post's talk was given on April 27, 2017 in the OHSU Auditorium.

Honoring Madeline Brill Nelson - May 8, 1924 - March 4, 2017

 1989 - 2016 Regional and Statewide Conferences

 Oregon Regional and Statewide Conference Report

Center News

Barbara Glidewell, M.B.S., Awarded Associate Professor Emeritus Rank

Welcoming New Associate Directors & Senior Scholars

POLST study published in the Journal Of Palliative Medicine

OHSU Director of Planned Giving, Ann Barden, Receives Prestigious Award

New Center for Ethics Strategic Plan for 2017-2019

Death Notification Role-Play' Volunteers Honored

Dr. Phyllis Beemsterboer Receives 2016 Faculty Senate Award

Lynn Jansen, PhD: Dispositional Optimism and Therapeutic Expectations in Early-Phase Oncology Trials

Portland Business Journal: How OHSU plans to make health care more compassionate

The Program in Compassionate Communication: A Sea Change in Humanizing Health Care


Oregon POLST Program

Designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life, the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining-Treatment (POLST) Paradigm is based on effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of medical orders on a brightly colored form and promise by a health care professional to honor these wishes.

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