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The Department of Bioethics was established in 1984 to coordinate ethics consultation services and provide expertise in health policy. Consistent with the mission of Cleveland Clinic, research conducted by members of the Department of Bioethics aims to improve the quality of patient care. By systematically examining patient values and moral beliefs, members of the Department seek to enhance the many clinical interactions that take place among patients, families, community members and healthcare professionals.

A hallmark of research conducted by the Department of Bioethics is a focus on enhancing the patient experience. This patient-centered approach to bioethics research is evident in all aspects of the department's research, but most especially in the selection of study topics. Projects frequently focus on improving specific clinical practices, such as techniques for obtaining informed consent or communicating more effectively with patients and their families. The NIH has endorsed a major advance in informed consent for clinical trials developed by our research team. Many of these projects employ multidisciplinary methods and involve close collaboration with other research groups at Cleveland Clinic.

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