The Healthcare Ethics Committee (Comitè d'Ètica Assistencial - CEA) of the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is a consultative and interdisciplinary body that aims to help resolve ethical problems that may arise in the field of healthcare.
SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital created the CEA in November 1981, being the first healthcare ethics committee of the Spanish state. In 1995 it was accredited by the Government of Catalonia.
Functions of the CEA
The CEA helps to reflect on the decisions, actions and attitudes in the field of health sciences, considering, together with scientific criteria, the ethical aspects, and ensuring fidelity to the founding ethos of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God.
To advise in the resolution of clinical cases that arise in healthcare practice and that present conflicts of values to the professionals, the patient and the family.
To prepare guidelines, recommendations or protocols for how to act in situations that, due to their frequency, may be of potential conflict because of the underlying ethical dilemma.
To promote initiatives for training, information and awareness of ethical problems and issues.
The CEA acts in accordance with the principles contained in the Letter of Identity of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God and the Ethical Code of the Province of Aragón-San Rafael.
Characteristic elements of this committee are respect for freedom of conscience, interdisciplinary dialogue, the formation of an ethical interpretation and reasoned information regarding the standards of the Hospital for all its members and for the patients who request it.
Contact Healthcare Ethics Committee
If you are a patient or family member of a patient at the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, you can contact your care team to communicate an ethical question. If you belong to an organization, please fill out the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible.