TABLE 4

Structure and Function of Ethics Committees

Median No. of committee meetings per year (interquartile range)10 (6–12)
How many members serve on the committee? n (%)
    6–102 (6)
    11–154 (12)
    16–209 (27)
    >2018 (55)
How long do members serve on the committee? n (%)
    13–24 mo1 (3)
    25–36 mo3 (6)
    >36 mo14 (42)
    Variable terms16 (49)
House officers as committee members? n (%)
    Yes22 (67)
    No11 (33)
Community representatives as committee members? n (%)
    Yes32 (97)
    No1 (3)
To whom does ethics committee report? n (%)
    Medical staff executive committee16 (49)
    Board of trustees4 (12)
    Hospital president or chief executive officer3 (9)
    Nursing administration1 (3)
    Other8 (24)
    No clear line of reporting exists1 (3)
How often does committee submit a written report? n (%)
    Never5 (15)
    Annually10 (30)
    Twice per year2 (6)
    Quarterly4 (12)
    Monthly7 (21)
    Other4 (12)