The internist as clinical ethics consultant: An antidote to "the barbarism of specialisation" in hospital practice

D. Real de Asúa, Pablo Rodriguez Del Pozo, J. J. Fins

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The development of hospital clinical ethics in Spain depends almost exclusively on the healthcare ethics committees, which have been criticized for a lack of proximity to the patient's bedside in day-to-day ethical conflicts and for their scarce practical operation, reflected in the low number of consultations they receive.In this study, we reflect on the need to change the current healthcare model in clinical ethics so as to reactivate it and call attention to the essential role of internists as the engine for this change. To this end, we propose a model in which the healthcare ethics committees incorporate ethics consultants, who are better positioned to discuss cases at the patient's bedside. We then analyse the characteristics that these consultants should have.

Original languageSpanish
JournalRevista Clinica Espanola
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2017


  • Clinical ethics
  • Ethics consultant
  • Healthcare ethics committees

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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