TABLE 2

Requests for Ethics Consultations

Average No. (SD) of people who lead consultations5.6
Average No. of consult requests per year, n (%)
    None13
    1–5924
    6–101746
    11–15411
    16–2525
    26–50411
    >5000
Average No. of consultants participating in a consultation, n (%)
    1411
    2–31028
    4822
    Whole ethics committee411
    Varies1130
Written policy in place to guide ethics consultations? n (%)
    Yes2060
    No1340
Topics addressed in written policies on ethics consultations? n (%)
    Who can request a consultation20100
    How to contact the ethics consultant20100
    Who responds to a request for consultation20100
    Advisory nature of the consultation20100
    How an ethics consultation is conducted1785
    Patient confidentiality1680
    Who is included in the consultation process1575
    How the consultation is documented1575
    Who is notified about an ethics consultation1575
    Whether in some cases a consultation is required735