Ethics

Ethics Overview

Catholic health care carries out the healing ministry of Jesus in a complex environment — a fragmented health care system, millions of Americans uninsured or underinsured, enormous competition, challenges in reimbursement, proliferating technologies, and numerous biomedical and scientific advances. Reflecting on what we ought to do and who we ought to become, as individuals and as organizations, whether in the clinical, business, or social realms, is the work of ethics.

The theology and ethics function at the Catholic Health Association assists its members in navigating the many complex ethical realities in health care today. We do this through consultations, presentations, collaborations with colleagues, developing and sharing resources, webinars, educational programs, research and writing.

End-of-Life Ethics Guides

These ethics publications, available in English and Spanish, are designed to help patients, families and caregivers think about end-of-life decisions and prepare an advance health care directive. CHA has developed these in collaboration with physicians, nurses, theologians and ethicists within Catholic health care. Although a reflection of the perspective of Catholic tradition, the information is helpful to persons from any religious tradition.

Advance Directives: Expressing Your Health Care Wishes
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Teachings of the Catholic Church: Caring for People at the End of Life
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Understanding and Applying the Ethical and Religious Directives

Based on the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, this resource is designed to help educate ministry health care professionals about important aspects of the Directives in a readily accessible and engaging new format.

 

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Understanding and Applying the Ethical and Religious Directives for Physicians

Designed for individual and group learning, this resource contains video and supporting educational materials to provide physicians with an understanding of the meaning and application of the ERDs in Catholic health care.

 

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International Outreach Video Presentations

   
Two video resources to help your organization consider its international outreach activities, with specific attention to:

  • Being neighbor – particularly now when scarce resources and unending need make reality very unlike that of the Good Samaritan. Presented by Ron Hamel, Ph.D., CHA senior ethicist.
  • How the call to this work is part of a tradition—a tradition that includes the need for cultural competence. Presented by Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, CHA vice president, mission services.

Watch the videos and download accompanying resources




Health Care Ethics USA


Ebola-related Resources for Ethical and Pastoral Care Issues

CHA has received inquiries from members regarding guidance on ethical and pastoral care issues relating to Ebola. In response, we have assembled several resources developed by members and others that might be of assistance to you and others in your organizations.
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