The Bioethics Review & Advisory Committee offers the following links as aids to ethical decision making:
Advising the President on ethical issues related to advances in biomedical science and technology.
"Among the most urgent of the Council's intellectual tasks is the need to provide an adequate moral and ethical lens through which to view particular developments in their proper scope and depth."
Leon R. Kass
The Internet is replete with resources available to those with an interest in bioethics including education, research involving human participants and animals, medical and health care ethics, and the implications of applied genetics and biotechnology. This website contains a broad collage of annotated web links, and while this list is comprehensive, it is not totally inclusive. The listed resources provide background information and various positions on issues in bioethics. Where possible, we have linked directly to those positions.
The Phoebe R. Berman Bioethics Institute brings the moral dimensions of health policy, medical care, and the biological, behavioral, and social sciences to the forefront of scholarship and practice. It prepares the nation's next generation of leaders in bioethics; promotes research at the intersection of ethics, law, medicine, and science; and provides service to the government and the private sector.
The Center for Bioethics is a leader in bioethics research and its deployment in the ethical, efficient, and compassionate practice of the life sciences and medicine. The Center has become a world-renowned educational and research enterprise that employs over 20 full and part-time faculty with appointments in a number of University of Pennsylvania schools and departments including medicine, law, nursing, business, education, philosophy, psychology, sociology, religious studies, public policy and public health.
The Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Institute of Ethics, established at Georgetown University in 1971, is a teaching and research center offering ethical perspectives on major policy issues. It is the largest university based group of faculty members in the world devoted to research and teaching in biomedical ethics and other areas of applied ethics. The Institute also houses the most extensive library of ethics in the world, the National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature; produces bibliographic citations relating to bioethics for the online databases at the National Library of Medicine; and conducts regular seminars and courses in bioethics.
Homepage for the American Journal of Bioethics
Ethics in Medicine, from the University of Washington School of Medicine
Continuing series of ethics articles from the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
The National Center for Ethics is VHA's primary office for addressing the complex ethical issues that arise in patient care, health care management, and research. Founded in 1991, the Center is a field-based national program that is administratively located in the Office of the Under Secretary for Health.
The Center is distinctive in serving the nation's largest integrated health care delivery system. It supports the development of integrated ethics programs at the local, regional, and national levels.
The Center's mission is to clarify and promote ethical health care practices within VHA and beyond.
The Center serves as the primary advisor on ethical issues to the Under Secretary for Health.
The National Catholic Bioethics Center is taking advantage of the latest methods and technologies to impress the widest possible audience with the teachings and insight that the Catholic tradition can bring to the field of medicine and the human biological sciences.
Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
This fourth edition of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services was developed by the Committee on Doctrine of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and approved as the national code by the full body of bishops at its June 2001 General Meeting. This edition of the Directives, which replaces all previous editions, is recommended for implementation by the diocesan bishop and is authorized for publication by the undersigned.
The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity exists to help individuals and organizations address the pressing bioethical challenges of our day, including managed care, end-of-life treatment, genetic intervention, euthanasia and suicide, and reproductive technologies. The Center has tax-exempt, not-for-profit status and is supported by gifts and grants from individuals, corporations, and foundations. It is a national and international leader in producing a wide range of live, recorded, and written resources examining bioethical issues. Recognizing that biblical values have exercised a profound influence on Western Culture, the Center explores the potential contribution of such values as part of its work.
The Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health is based in the Center for Aging at Duke and provides opportunities for scholarly trans-disciplinary conversation and the development of collaborative research initiatives. The Center:
- conducts interdisciplinary research, scholarship and education on spirituality, theology and health
- exlores the role of faith communities in forming the health of the broader community
- integrates research and scholarship into the practical disciplines of care and service with an emphasis on older adults
The Center for Ethics & Professionalism is devoted to policy development and implementation on issues related to medical ethics and professionalism, and as a resource for ACP members and the public.
The Ethics Resource Center provides students and physicians with the essential tools and skills to address ethical challenges in a changing health care environment.
This website has been designed to provide users with a full range of resources for teaching, studying, or investigating ethical issues in mental health research. The aim of EMHR is to provide access to materials that will not only inform, but form; that is, materials that foster moral development. EMHR contains an online compendium of ethics cases, ethics assessment tools, links to ethics codes and research regulations.
Founded in 1994 and edited by Lawrence M. Hinman, Ethics Updates is designed primarily to be used by ethics instructors and their students. It is intended to provide updates on current literature, both popular and professional, that relates to ethics.
The Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in Health Care was established at the University at Buffalo in 1994. It is a multi-disciplinary center which coordinates a variety of clinical and academic activities in the Western New York area.
The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP), is a nonprofit organization that offers accreditation to institutions that conduct or review research with human participants. The AAHRPP accreditation program uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), formed the Partnership for Human Research Protection, Inc. to offer a new accreditation program that seeks to protect the safety and rights of participants in clinical trials and research programs in public and private hospitals, academic medical centers, and other research facilities in the United States and abroad.