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Ethics Consultation Service

MD Anderson's Ethics Consultation Service (ECS) helps patients, families and health professionals make difficult decisions about medical treatments and patient care. These decisions may involve moral values, religious beliefs, or professional duties and guidelines. 

The Ethics Consultation Service helps identify, analyze and resolve specific ethical questions or issues through information-gathering, education and discussion with the health professionals, patients and family members involved. Ethics representatives offer advice and make recommendations, but they do not make decisions for the persons involved. Patients, family members and health professionals can decide whether to follow the recommendations of the ECS, and they remain responsible for their own decisions.

Any patient, family member, guardian, health professional or others with a legitimate interest in a patient may request a consultation. All consultations are confidential, and services are free.

Ethics representatives are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Phone: 713-792-8775 (weekdays 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.); page 713-404-2863 after hours and on weekends.

Clinical Ethics Guidelines

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