Surgeons may soon have a way to report the ethical dilemmas they face in the workplace. The National Institutes of Health's Department of Bioethics is proposing a 29-item survey that will assess surgeons' experience with ethical issues as well as their use of hospital ethics consultation services.
NIH proposes ethics survey for surgeons
According to a notice in the Nov. 28 Federal Register, the results from the survey could be used to shed light on factors that affect utilization patterns for ethics consultation services. It could also help to identify ways to improve such services for surgeons, the NIH said in the notice.
"Specifically, the information gathered in this study will be valuable in understanding the ethical dilemmas that surgeons face (and) the utility of institution ethics consultations services for surgeons" and in identifying any barriers that might discourage surgeons from using such services, according to the notice.
The NIH estimates the number of survey respondents at 3,100.
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