Emerging Roles of Clinical Ethicists

Jeffrey S. Farroni, Emily Tumilty, Debjani Mukherjee, Susan McCammon, David M. Chooljian, Margot M. Eves

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Debates regarding clinical ethicists' scope of practice are not novel and will continue to evolve. Rapid changes in healthcare delivery, outcomes, and expectations have necessitated flexibility in clinical ethicists' roles whereby hospital-based clinical ethicists are expected to be woven into the institutional fabric in a way that did not exist in more traditional relationships. In this article we discuss three emerging roles: the ethicist embedded in the interdisciplinary team, the ethicist with an expanded educational mandate, and the ethicist as a therapeutic presence in the patient care space. Such expanded capacities offer more robust, positive contributions to institutional culture, stakeholders' relationships, and patient-centered care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-269
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of clinical ethics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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