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Health Care Ethics
ETHICS PROVIDES THE FOUNDATION AND FRAMEWORK FOR VALUE AND QUALITY IN HEALTH CARE
Ethical principles and our common morality serve as the foundation for delivering health care effectively and efficiently, while maintaining quality and value. Ethics also provides a framework for clinical and managerial policies, practices, and decisions within the healthcare setting; it provides a guide for health care leaders who are looking to foster an ethical organizational culture and oversee research and quality improvement studies that are ethically sound. There is a significant impact to organizations when ethics conflicts occur—from legal costs to compromised patient satisfaction to low staff morale and performance. Working to reduce these conflicts and foster an organizational ethical culture also promotes quality care and lower costs.
TDI Professor Dr. Bill Nelson explains how ethical principles are synergistic with quality and value in health care.
Organizational Ethics: The Foundation and Framework for Health Care Quality
Course Format: Online
Course runs from: January 22, 2014 - March 12, 2014
How does your organization resolve ethical conflicts?
What guidelines and resources are available to you as a health care professional?
In this course, you will become versed in recognizing, critically evaluating and progressively responding to contemporary clinical and organizational ethics conflicts. Practical ethical reasoning skills, strategies and tools will be presented to develop the managerial and clinical ethical leadership necessary for fostering an ethical organization. Recognize the ways recurring ethics conflicts can be detrimental to organizational success by contributing to wasted resources, high costs, and diminished quality of care; and the value in anticipating and working to decrease the presence of those conflicts in the future.
Instructor Dr. William Nelson guides participants to:
- Describe the importance of ethics both to organizations, and to the role of individuals as health care professionals within those organizations.
- Identify, analyze and reflect on ethical issues commonly encountered in the health care setting; and show competence in ethical reasoning when applying the basic ethics concepts to this process.
- To recognize the relationship between health care ethics and quality and value in the delivery of health care.
- To describe the negative impact of ethics conflicts on health care organizations.
- To identify the current role and limitations of traditional ethics committees.
- To demonstrate an understanding of the concept, purpose, and function of an integrated ethics program, including the implementation of a preventive approach to ethics conflicts.
Registration opens in November 2013.
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Workshop: Moving Upstream: The Application of Quality Improvement Thinking to Address Ethics Conflicts
In this 1-2 day workshop participants will see how ethics and quality are linked and how quality improvement methods can help to reduce the ethics conflicts that affect clinicians, patients, and the organization's culture and reputation.
Workshop activities will challenge students to apply a systems-oriented approach to form clinical and organizational practice guidelines to address an ethics-quality gap, and increase the quality of care delivered.
Contact William A. Nelson for more information.