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.

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

 1989 - 2016 Regional and Statewide Conferences

 Oregon Regional and Statewide Conference Report

Center News

POLST study published in the Journal Of Palliative Medicine

Erik Fromme, MD, MCR, FAAHPM, brings his knowledge to Taiwan

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

Mary Denise Smith RN, MS, CNS Receives the Silver Hammer Award

Molly Osborne MD, PhD Receives 2015 William A. Nelson Award

Dr. Phyllis Beemsterboer Receives 2016 Faculty Senate Award

Dr. Jansen's research in the news

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

Susan Tolle, M.D. on KATU's AM Northwest discussing POLST

New video: Living with Life Threatening Illness Elective


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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Learn more about the Oregon POLST Program