Ethics committees provide ethical consultation when there is a need.

Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) provides patients the right to actively participate in their care. A patient can have a written legal document or verbal statement voicing what their wishes are. Ethics committees provide ethical consultation when there is a need. They are assigned to consider, debate, study, take action on, or report on ethical issues that arise in patient care (Hajibabee et al., 2016). They are also responsible for educating staff and patients on ethical matters. Another function of the hospital ethics committee is to revise and review hospital policies and guidelines to simplify their goals and services and review all ethical consults (Hajibabee et al., 2016). When considering an advance directive, the hospital ethics committee will gather all required information and have a discussion with the patient to assure the patient’s wishes and the organization’s policies are met, and all party’s understanding is the same (Hajibabee et al., 2016). Another role of the ethics committee is to intervene When conflicts arise between the advance directive and the wishes of the patient’s surrogate. The attending physician should seek assistance from an ethics committee or other appropriate institutional resources (American Medical Association, 2021).


The Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) was implemented to allow patients to state “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNS), or to assign a surrogate decision maker in the event that the individual is unable to make the decision. What relationship does an ethics committee have in enforcing the advance directives of the patients in their care? Support your analysis with a minimum of one peer-reviewed article.

Using 200-300 words APA format with at least two references . There should be a mix between research and your reflections.  Add critical thinking in the posts along with research. Apply the material in a substantial way.