The roles and functions of hospital-based ethics committees

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In BriefEthics committees are becoming much more visible on the Canadian health care scene.They range from research-ethics committees that decide whether research projects are ethically sound to case-oriented committees that look at particular issues and give advice. Eike-Henner Kluge says that ethics committees are useful tools, but only when they are appropriately constituted and function in a professional manner. Otherwise, he warns, they become either useless or a liability.

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