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Should competent patients or their families be notified before HECs review the patients' cases? Yes.

HEC forum : an interdisciplinary journal on hospitals' ethical and legal issues. 
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In summary, it is, I believe, fairly uncontroversial that a patient always should be notified before a bioethics committee reviews the case. Respect for a patient"s confidentiality and autonomy also require that patients be asked prior to being interviewed or identifying the patient's name in a committee meeting. Permission is not required for an anonymous discussion of the case with a bioethics committee.
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