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Ethics

Like all health care institutions, we are facing increasingly complex ethical challenges related to changes in scientific knowledge and technology.

Our Clinical Ethics Committee helps to improve the quality of care patients receive by reviewing, analysing and making recommendations about complex ethical situations.

Being in a hospital is difficult for most patients. Patients and their families may feel vulnerable and apprehensive. We strongly believe that humane behaviour and compassionate care are important elements in meeting the needs of our patients.
 
We do this is by:

  • Developing ethical expertise within the Clinical Ethics Committee.
  • Promoting educational opportunities in ethics for all staff at Mount Sinai Hospital.
  • Developing ethical policies related to patient care, education and governance functions of the hospital.
  • Reviewing clinical cases in order to advise on future directions and ethical stances for Mount Sinai Hospital.
  • Responding to requests to draft policies or position papers regarding ethical matters.
  • Coordinating subcommittees (short or long term) to focus on specific issues or areas of interest within the hospital. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can request a consultation?
Patients, a patient's family members or any staff member at Mount Sinai Hospital.

 Where should I go if I am concerned about the quality of care in the hospital?
Please contact Kim Parker, Risk Manager at 416-586-4800 ext. 2885.

 

Where should I go if I am having trouble communicating with Mount Sinai Hospital staff?
Please call Camala Day, Director of Patient Relations at 416-586-4800 ext. 5066.

Where should I go if I am concerned about ethical issues in patient care?
Contact Dr. Kerry Bowman, Clinical Ethicist at 416-586-4800 ext. 2163

What ethics policies does Mount Sinai Hospital have?
Many. They include policies on Consent, Substitute Decision-Making, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and The Appropriate Use of Restraints.

What is the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Ethics Committee?
This committee acts in an advisory capacity to the Department and its members, providing opinions on ethical questions relating to clinical practice, and assistance in drafting necessary policies and guidelines. It also promotes awareness of the importance of addressing ethical aspects and implications of clinical practice within the Department.

What is the Research Ethics Board?
The Research Ethics Board (REB) of Mount Sinai Hospital exists to ensure that all research involving human subjects conducted at Mount Sinai Hospital meets the highest ethical and scientific standards,in accordance with the spirit of the Tri-Council Policy

Guidelines on Research Involving Human Subjects.