The clinical ethics credentialing project: Preliminary notes from a pilot project to establish quality measures for ethics consultation

Deborah M. Swiderski, Katharine M. Ettinger, Mayris Webber, Nancy N. Dubler

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The Clinical Ethics Credentialing Project (CECP) was intiated in 2007 in response to the lack of uniform standards for both the training of clinical ethics consultants, and for evaluating their work as consultants. CECP participants, all practicing clinical ethics consultants, met monthly to apply a standard evaluation instrument, the "QI tool", to their consultation notes. This paper describes, from a qualitative perspective, how participants grappled with applying standards to their work. Although the process was marked by resistance and disagreement, it was also noteworthy for the sustained engagement by participants over the year of the project, and a high level of acceptance by its conclusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
JournalHEC Forum
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2010



  • Clinical ethics consultation
  • Credentialing
  • Ethics
  • Standards
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy

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