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