Can we accredit hospital ethics? A tentative proposal

Min Hua Wu, Chih Hsien Liao, Wen Ta Chiu, Ching Ying Lin, Che Ming Yang

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Objectives: The objective of this research was to develop ethics accreditation standards for hospitals. Research design: Our research methods included a literature review, an expert focus group, the Delphi technique and a hospital survey. The entire process was separated into two stages: (1) the development of a draft of hospital ethics accreditation standards; and (2) conducting a nationwide hospital survey of the proposed standards. Results: This study produced a tentative draft of hospital ethics accreditation standards comprised of six chapters and 62 standards based on the expert focus group and Delphi technique. The six chapters are: Medical ethics policies, regulations and leadership; The establishment and operation of a medical ethics committee; The establishment and operation of research-related ethics committees; Medical ethics education; Organisational ethical climate; and Respect for patients' rights and establishment of good hospital-patient relationships. The hospital survey indicated that the concept of an organisational ethical climate was new to most hospital managers, most hospitals disliked the idea of having a separate hospital ethics accreditation system, and small hospitals were concerned about their ability to comply with all of the standards. Conclusions: Regardless of whether hospital ethics accreditation can be a stand-alone accreditation or just part of existing hospital accreditation programmes, we hope this draft can serve as a good reference for future endeavours by hospital accreditation authorities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-497
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Volume37
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

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Can we accredit hospital ethics? A tentative proposal. / Wu, Min Hua; Liao, Chih Hsien; Chiu, Wen Ta; Lin, Ching Ying; Yang, Che Ming.

In: Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 37, No. 8, 08.2011, p. 493-497.

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Wu, Min Hua ; Liao, Chih Hsien ; Chiu, Wen Ta ; Lin, Ching Ying ; Yang, Che Ming. / Can we accredit hospital ethics? A tentative proposal. In: Journal of Medical Ethics. 2011 ; Vol. 37, No. 8. pp. 493-497.
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