Values-Centered Healthcare

Our healthcare ethicists lead the field in bioethics, medical ethics, and organizational ethics. We can guide you through a full range of difficult challenges, from individual patient care to the development of organization-wide policies and principles.

There are three forms of healthcare ethics you might need:  

1. Organizational and research ethics for healthcare contexts 

Does your organization have vaccination requirements? Is your nonprofit involved in formal  research on sensitive populations? Do you need help determining how responsibility for high-impact decisions is distributed? 

Hospital staff and administrators, public health policymakers, and others who work directly with human health and well-being face constant ethical dilemmas. Many do so without a consistent, rigorous, and expert-led system. Healthcare ethics specializes in building such systems.  

Health ethicists also craft policy for hospitals, determine guiding principles for healthcare-related organizations, determining triage and resource allocation policy, and can help streamline and improve research practices. 

2. Clinical ethics 

Does your hospital care team frequently make difficult decisions about patients’ care? Clinical ethicists perform a specialized role in hospitals. They consult with providers and patients on difficult care decisions, and oversee research to ensure it respects all participants.  

A clinical health ethicist can aid in functions like: 

Working directly with patients, families, and providers to determine difficult care decisions, such as end-of-life care 

Advising on policy regarding provider conduct and bedside manner 

Serving on institutional review boards (IRBs), crafting policy to determine when IRB oversight is necessary, and building ethics guidelines when they might not be 

Staying up to date on scholarship regarding standards of care  


Often, health ethicists work in multiple roles, lending an organization agility in making difficult decisions on the fly.  

3. IRB and Research Ethics 

Conduct groundbreaking research with confidence. Our comprehensive IRB and research ethics services empower you to navigate the approval process efficiently while safeguarding human subjects and valued stakeholders.  

Our team of experts collaborates with you at every step, guiding you through the creation of clear and compliant IRB applications, helping you tackle intricate ethical considerations within your research design, and ensuring participants understand their rights with clear, informative consent forms.  

For those operating in the European Union, Compass experts are also qualified and equipped to serve as IRB members for your research projects.  

Let Compass handle the complexities of IRB approval. Focus on your research and accelerate your path to discovery. Contact us today for a seamless IRB and research ethics experience. 

Why choose our team of healthcare ethicists? 

When you work with Compass, you gain access to our experts’ experience and acumen. Compass comprises a team of leading health ethicists with decades of combined experience.  

Our ethicists work directly with hospitals, care providers, public health agencies, and research institutes. They are also talented researchers who have made novel and significant contributions to their fields. The healthcare landscape is constantly evolving, and difficult ethical questions often arise. Our team of health ethicists can be an asset to your organization by providing expertise in several key areas: 

Navigation of Ethical Dilemmas: We can help you analyze complex ethical situations, such as patient privacy concerns, informed consent issues, or resource allocation challenges. We’ll guide you through a framework for ethical decision-making, ensuring compliance with regulations and upholding the highest standards. 

Building Public Trust: Transparency and ethical conduct are crucial for building trust with patients and the public. Our ethicists can help develop clear policies and procedures that demonstrate your commitment to ethical practices. This fosters trust and strengthens your reputation. 

Staying Ahead of the Curve: Emerging technologies like genetic testing and artificial intelligence raise new ethical questions in health and medicine. Our team stays current on the latest trends and can help you proactively address these issues, ensuring you’re prepared for the future of healthcare. 

Improved Patient Care: We can help you develop policies that respect patient autonomy, promote fair access to healthcare, value sensitive justice concerns, and ensure the well-being of your patients. 

Reduced Risk and Liability: By proactively addressing ethical concerns, you can mitigate the risk of legal challenges and reputational damage to your hospital or organization. Our team’s guidance can help you make informed decisions that minimize liability. 

Collaborative Decision-Making: We work collaboratively with your team, fostering open communication and diverse perspectives. This ensures all voices are heard, leading to well-rounded and ethically sound decisions. 

Our team of health ethicists can be your partner in navigating the complexities of healthcare ethics. We can help you make informed decisions, build trust, and improve patient care. 

Past projects 

Our past projects include clients with diverse organizational profiles and needs.  

Hospitals and care teams have hired our individual health ethicists to aid in day-to-day care decision-making, crafting internal policy, and overseeing patient-provider interactions. This may include tasks as diverse as serving on IRBs and serving in chaplain-like roles on hospital floors.  

A public health nonprofit conducting research into substance use disorder, and performing research with affected populations, needed careful ethical oversight. We aided in designing the research process and conducting interviews to ensure that all ethical standards were adhered to.  

A biotechnology giant sought a set of guiding principles designed to help make decisions in a unified, credible way. One focus: a vaccine policy for a return-to-work initiative. Our step-by-step ethical decision-making process delivered practical guidance on how and when the company took public positions in alignment with their principles.  

A mental health startup required oversight to determine when, if ever, their research activities require IRB oversight. This required building flowcharts for determining when certain data-gathering and processing activities met the NIH criteria for human subjects research, and so legally required an IRB. Our ethicists then developed a set of ethical guidelines to protect participants in other cases that bore some ethical risk.  

Ready to build a values-centered healthcare organization? 

Contact us to learn more about our health ethics services.  

For Organizations

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