Thank you for this great article. The use of mediation in bioethical disputes is an excellent means for dealing with many of the conflicts that arise around clinical dilemmas and the loss of loved ones. Some good resources for those interested in knowing more about this application of mediation are:
Bioethics Mediation: A Guide to Shaping Shared Solutions, Carol B. Liebman and Nancy N. Dubler (United Hospital Fund, New York, 2004)
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Core Competencies for Health Care Ethics Consultation: The Report of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (Glenview: American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, 1998)
Dubler, N. and Marcus, L., Mediating Bioethical Disputes: A Practical Guide, 1994, United Hospital Fund of New York.
Givson, K., Mediation in the Medical Field, The Hastings Center Report, Sept. 1999;29(5):6.
Hoffmann, D., Mediating Life and Death Decisions, Arizona Law Review, 1994;36:821.
Martin, PA, “Bioethics and the Whole: Pluralism, Consensus, and the Transmutation of Bioethical Methods into Gold,” Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 1999;27:316-27