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Ethics at TOH

As patients, families, or staff members, you are faced with making tough decisions every day. At The Ottawa Hospital, you don’t have to do it alone. ethicists can help in the decision-making process.

We are a free, confidential service to help patients, families and health-care professionals work through difficult situations and reach common ground. We can find and clarify problems, explore possible outcomes and consider the different options.

While the Ethics Consultation Service may make suggestions or offer guidance, final decisions always remain in the hands of patients, families and the health-care team.

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How We Can Help

Conflicts can arise based on differences in values, difficulties in communication or due to the stress of illness. The ethics service works to provide support and guidance by being non-judgmental and offering action-oriented, clinically appropriate recommendations.

Ethics Consultations

Ethics consultations aim to help patients, families, staff, and other stakeholders resolve ethical concerns in order to improve health-care quality.

An ethics consultation provides the opportunity to discuss issues with an ethicist. During a consultation, an ethicist will help you breakdown and identify the issues you are facing and develop recommendations using a suitable ethics framework.

Consultations are provided by an individual ethicist.

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Last updated on: October 30th, 2023