Table 3

Topics of cases presented to ethics committees

Topic of casePatients' rights ethics committees (N=21)Informal ethics committees (N=13)
Table contains information obtained on 21 of 56 consults conducted by 10 Patients' Rights ethics committees and 13 of 110 consults conducted by 4 Informal ethics committees.
Withholding information from patient00
Withholding medical record from patient20
Disclosing information without patient consent70
Treating against patient's will104
Quality control committee appeal0
End of life treatment plan13
Handling genetic information10
Triage and custody issues02
Intra-provider conflict02
Treatment standards issues02
Case involved non-Jewish patient12