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The Ethics 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.

Dealing with issues related to health-care professional/patient relationship, including:

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

Dealing with issues related to beginning and end of life, including:

  • 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

Dealing with other ethical issues, including:

  • 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

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Contact

Rebecca Greenberg, RN, PhD, Senior Bioethicist
Email: [email protected]


Rosanna Macri, MHSc, Q.Med, CHE(C), Bioethicist
Email: [email protected]

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