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Bioethics Services

What is Bioethics?


The Bioethics department assists with ethical problems that arise in health care and research settings. Ethical issues are conflicts that arise between or among moral principles (i.e. issues involving one’s autonomy) often in the form of moral distress.

Here are some ways that the Bioethics Department can help you

The Bioethicist at Sinai Health System provides:

  • Consultation services to Sinai Health System staff, families, and patients regarding specific ethical issues in patient care or health care delivery.
  • Ethics education to Sinai Health System staff.
  • Ethics consultation related to general ethical issues (i.e. policy review and development) and the development of research at Sinai Health System.

When do I contact Bioethics?

The types of ethical problems that the bioethics department can assist with are:

A. Health care professional/patient relationship:

  • informed consent;
  • competence or capacity;
  • freedom of choice (freedom from manipulation, deception and coercion);
  • truth telling;
  • confidentiality;
  • privacy;
  • fidelity and loyalty;
  • trust;
  • integrity, etc.

B. Beginning and end of life:

  • personhood;
  • suicide, or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment;
  • substitute decision making (determinations of best interests, the role of advance directives), etc.;
  • euthanasia and assisted death

C. Other ethical issues:

  • organizational ethics and felt voicelessness (issues of power and authority);
  • ethical issues arising from diversity (gender, sexuality, religion, culture);
  • the ethics of gate-keeping and caring in the face of medical futility or lack of resources

How Do I Contact Bioethics?

Kerry Bowman Ph.D. Bioethicist
Mount Sinai Hospital
Extension 2163
Pager 416 380-5631
Email: kbowman@mtsinai.on.ca