What is the Cheng Tsui Ethics Program?
The Hung and Jill Cheng Tsui Ethics Program is a free consultation service that assists patients and families who are dealing with difficult health care decisions, and for clinicians facing an ethical issue related to care.
Our Ethics Program was established in 1988 and has since provided 24/7 assistance to staff, patients, and families involved in complex patient care decisions. In addition, the team also conducts educational programs and review policies throughout BIDMC.
Patients, families and health care providers frequently face difficult decisions in the course of treatment. These decisions often involve different values and preferences. There may be uncertainty about the right thing to do.
Consultations are collaborative and can be informal over the phone or highly involved with three- to four-person multidisciplinary physician team, patients, families and staff to help resolve conflict.
Interpreters are also available, free of charge, for limited English speaking patients and family members, and can be arranged by the Ethics team upon request.
Please note: The Cheng Tsui Ethics Program has no authority for clinical decisions. The patient and/or family and doctors are the final decision makers.