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The ethics committee of a psychiatric college: its procedures and themes


Pargiter, RA and Bloch, S, The ethics committee of a psychiatric college: its procedures and themes, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 31, (1) pp. 76-82. ISSN 0004-8674 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3109/00048679709073802


Objective: Ethics committees (ECs) of medical colleges and other medical associations have become part of their professional experience only in recent years. This is probably attributable to such factors as greater professional accountability and informed consumerism. Relatively little is known about the procedures and agendas of such committees. The aim of the present study was to examine the EC of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, with respect to its practices, in order to learn how a medical college grapples with ethical concerns. Methods: Two members of the College's EC, including its foundation chairman, assembled relevant documents, and subjected them to detailed scrutiny. Consensus was used, preceded by independent attempts at categorising these issues covering the period from the EC's inception in 1978 to June, 1995. Results: Three hundred and sixty-seven issues were dealt with by the EC over a 17 year period, covering clinical practice, financial aspects, forensic psychiatry, teaching and research, liaison with other organisations and preparation of guidelines and a code of ethics. Conclusions: An EC can play a vital role in advising its parent body and members in the ethics of day-to-day professional life as well as formulating (and revising) a code of ethics and supplementary ethical guidelines.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pargiter, RA (Dr Russell Pargiter)
ID Code:11883
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Clinical Sciences
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-12

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