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Physicians' Ethics Forum: a web-based ethics consultation service
  1. Pekka Louhiala1,
  2. Samuli Saarni2,3,
  3. Katri Hietala4,
  4. 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}


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.

  • Ethics consultation
  • Ethics committees/consultation

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