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Donnelley Ethics Program

RIC’s Donnelley Ethics Program (DEP) is a resource for patients, families, clinicians, researchers, and RIC staff members when they have challenges or concerns regarding the delivery of patient care and/or the conduct of research. The DEP addresses both clinical and research ethics issues, such as decisional capacity, informed consent and refusal, patient autonomy and self-determination, quality of life, disability rights, and the integration of clinical care and research.

RIC's Donnelley Ethics Program provides a variety of services including:

Clinical Ethics

    • Clinical ethics consultations to help clarify issues, options, or values involved in specific cases
    • Educational sessions and activities for staff including Schwartz Center Rounds®, grand rounds, and lectures

Research Ethics

    • Research ethics consultation for specific issues such as research study design or ethical concerns regarding subjects, etc.
    • Education for staff including conferences, journal clubs, and lectures

Hospital Ethics Committee

    • The Hospital Ethics Committee is a multi-disciplinary body focused on addressing ethical concerns that involve broad organizational issues or trends. These issues may be related to policies, allocation of resources, or conflicts of interest, among others.

Accreditation and Quality Improvement

  • The DEP is responsible for addressing patient rights issues for accreditation and quality improvement purposes.

To arrange a consultation, educational opportunity or for other questions regarding clinical ethics at RIC, please call the Donnelley Ethics Program at 312-238-1885 or 312-238-1335.