Ethics Consult Service

The Ethics Consult Service is a resource for patients, family members, or health professionals at UI Hospitals and Clinics who would like help addressing an ethical question or problem related to a patient’s care.

An ethics consult involves trained ethics consultants who respond to requests for help from individuals directly involved in a patient’s care.

Ethics consults are advisory and can be requested to:

  • Identify ethical problems in the care of a patient.
  • Clarify ethical problems through a careful analysis of the ethical beliefs and values involved.
  • Promote discussion of ethical beliefs and values with persons directly involved in a patient’s care.
  • Help resolve ethical problems through a process of shared decision-making

Request an Ethics Consult

  • Consults can be ordered through Epic by clinicians.
  • Consults can also be requested by calling the hospital operator at 319-356-1616 and asking for the ethics consultant on call.

Contact Information for the Ethics Consult Service

Phone: 319-335-8300, Mon. - Fri. 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Email: bioethics@healthcare.uiowa.edu

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