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NHF Ethics Working Group

NHF Ethics Working Group

Have you ever been in a situation where there was a choice to be made to determine if something was right or wrong, and all options seemed awkward or problematic? Maybe it was at work with a colleague. Maybe it was personal between you and a family member. How did you decide what to do? Maybe you didn’t. Did you say something? This is what ethics is all about…making difficult decisions.

Per Webster’s dictionary, ethic when used as a noun is defined as rules of behavior based on ideas about what is morally good and bad. While ethics (plural) is an area of study that deals with ideas about what is good and bad behavior; a branch of philosophy dealing with what is morally right or wrong; a belief that something is very important.   Societies, companies, organizations, and individuals may use ethical theories to guide their choices or actions. Ethics is mainly based on moral values, virtues, rights, and obligations.

In ethics we usually ask a primary question – What is good? What is right? Or what is the best practice in this situation? This is followed by a secondary question of action – What should I do? Or who should I be? These questions together become a theory concerning the moral correctness of conduct.  Ethical principles have been used as rules or guidelines to help determine what is right and wrong or best for our selves or our community – which in turn influences our behavior.

The mission of the Ethics Working Group is to foster integrity in our bleeding disorders community by encouraging ethical behavior and promoting awareness of ethical issues.  We strive to assist in conflict resolution in a manner independent of member conflict of interest.  We believe in collaborative problem solving among members of the bleeding disorders community.  And we encourage teaching and research on relevant ethical issues.

The committee does not wish to become involved in the details of each issue, but instead to identify trends and patterns where there may be a breach in ethical behavior.  The Ethics Working Group is not a regulatory group but we may provide guidance or “best practice” recommendations to help resolve questionable ethical situations.