J Med Ethics 38:83-86 doi:10.1136/jme.2010.037549
  • Clinical ethics
  • Paper

Physicians' Ethics Forum: a web-based ethics consultation service

  1. Amos Pasternack5
  1. 1Hjelt Institute, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  2. 2Department of Psychiatry, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland
  3. 3Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland
  4. 4Department of Social Research, University of Tampere, Finland
  5. 5Medical School, University of Tampere, Finland
  1. Correspondence to Pekka Louhiala, Vuorikatu 17 as 3, FI-13100 Hämeenlinna, Finland; pekka.louhiala{at}
  • Received 3 May 2010
  • Revised 19 April 2011
  • Accepted 5 June 2011
  • Published Online First 29 June 2011


To meet all physicians' needs for ethics consultation in Finland, a novel form of service, the Physicians' Ethics Forum, was founded in 2003. The Forum is a cost-efficient service based on electronic communication. In this paper, experiences throughout its first 6 years are described.


  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.