Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

National Center for Ethics in Health Care

Quick Links
Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge



NCEHC establishes policy and standards for care in VHA that promote strong health care ethics practices, including standards related to informed consent, and advance care planning.

Informed consent processes empower patients to be participants in decisions about their health care by ensuring that patients (or surrogates) understand risks, benefits and alternatives, and can voluntarily consent to treatments and procedures. VHA policy on informed consent aligns with 38 C.F.R. § 17.32, Informed Consent and Advance Directives.

Informed Consent for Clinical Treatments and Procedures in VHA

Informed Consent: Medications with Boxed Warnings

Advance care planning is a process that supports adults at any age or stage of health in understanding and sharing their personal values, life goals, and preferences regarding future medical care. The goal of advance care planning is to help ensure that people receive medical care that is consistent with their values, goals and preferences during serious and chronic illness. VHA policy on advance care planning aligns with 38 C.F.R. § 17.32, Informed Consent and Advance Directives

Advance care planning resources for Veterans, patients, and families

Goals of Care Conversations Skills Training