It's time for healthcare ethics resources in post-acute, skilled nursing and residential care

Since 1992, hospitals certified by The Joint Commission have been required to have an “ethics mechanism.” This requirement is usually met by having an ethics committee and/or ethics consultation service. Since then, there has been a trend of shorter hospital stays and higher acuity patient population in post-acute and skilled nursing care. In 1997, the Society for Post-Acute and Long Term Care Medicine (formerly the American Medical Directors' Association) recommended that skilled nursing facilities also have bioethics committees, but neither committees nor consultation services have become commonplace in post-acute care. It is our objective to change this so that these same resources can be available to help patients, families and care providers in assisted living, home health, palliative care, hospice and skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes).

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