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.  The Center is committed to providing an ethical perspective of compassion, respect and justice to ensure that such care is delivered wisely and well.

Center for Ethics News

April 7, 2021: In a newly published editorial in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Aligning POLST Orders with Wishes: Time to Put Evidence into Practice, Dr. Susan Tolle demonstrates how Oregon utilizes quality data to guide the implementation of interventions. More information can be found on the Oregon POLST website. 

March 2, 2021: The first Hasting Center's Report of 2021 features articles from Dr. Lynn Jansen, the Madeline Brill Nelson Chair in Ethics Education, and Dr. Tyler Tate, Director of Professionalism and Comfort Care.  Dr. Jansen's publication is Weighted Lotteries and the Allocation of Scarce Medications for Covid-19.  Dr. Tate's publication is When Following the Rules Feels Wrong. Congratulations to Dr. Jansen and Dr. Tate!

March 1, 2021: Dr. Cliff Coleman, the inaugural Doris and Mark Storms Chair in Compassionate Communication, was featured on OPB's "Think Out Loud" discussing the vaccine hesitancy he has heard from his patients, and what doctors can do to address it.

February 23, 2021: Congratulations to Dr. Cliff Coleman, on the publication of his manuscript outlining the elements of Health Literacy and Clear Communication Best Practices for Telemedicine and continuing his nationally recognized work in Health Literacy.

February 19, 2021: The Center for Ethics in Health Care is pleased to share the February 2021 Newsletter and Donor Honor Roll for 2020.

January 6, 2021:  We are delighted to welcome Dr. Cliff Coleman as the inaugural Doris and Mark Storms Chair in Compassionate Communication, starting July 1, 2021. The search committee for the Storms Chair unanimously endorsed offering Dr. Coleman the position after listening to him present his vision for the chair and what the Program in Compassionate Communication can become. His vision is expansive and enhances the work of Dr. Katie Stowers, the Ronald W. Naito Director in Serious Illness Education. Dr. Coleman brings nationally and internationally recognized expertise in the area of health literacy and shares our passion for improving communication skills across all health care disciplines.

 January 6, 2021: The January 2021 Center for Ethics in Health Care Newsletter is now available.

January 5, 2021: Kudos to Dr. Tyler Tate, editor of a special issue of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics on pediatric suffering.  In addition to editing, Dr. Tate wrote two of the articles in the issue. Congratulations, Tyler!

December 21, 2020: Congratulations to Melissa Monner, MS, and Dr. Bob Macauley, Senior Scholars in the Center for Ethics in Health Care on receiving their HEC-C Certificates.  The Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified (HEC-C) program identifies and assesses a national standard for the professional practice of clinical healthcare ethics consulting.

December 1, 2020: The Center for Ethics in Health Care is pleased to share a new video resource, Caring for The Whole Person With Physical DisabilitiesIn this five-minute video, Dr. Katie Stowers demonstrates the vital importance of seeing a person with disabilities as a person first and a diagnosis second. As she meets with her new patient, Ian (an actor who uses a wheelchair from a childhood spinal cord injury. He does NOT have cancer), to give him bad news about a test result, she skillfully explores who he is as a person. Building this trusting and caring relationship significantly enhances future conversations about prognosis and goals of care, and Ian feels respected as an empowered partner. View the shareable flyer HERE.  

October 23, 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Tyler Tate on his most recent publication in the Hasting Center Report, Your Father's a Fighter; Your Daughter's a Vegetable: A Critical Analysis of the Use of Metaphor in Clinical Practice.  The Hastings Center Report explores the ethical, legal, and social issues in medicine, health care, public health, and the life sciences.

September 1, 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Bob Macauley and Dr. Susan Tolle on the publication of their manuscript  POLST Signature Requirements: Responding with Compassion While Ensuring Informed Consent in The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care

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