Articles By: Jonathan Breslin
Vaccines, parenting, and adolescent sexuality
One year ago I wrote a column on the ethics of paediatricians discharging vaccine-hesitant parents from their practices. Since that time there have been some interesting developments on the vaccine ethics front. Most notably we have experienced an international measles ...
Staff engagement: What’s ethics got to do with it?
Jonathan Breslin runs J. Breslin Consulting, specializing in providing ethics services to hospitals and long term care organizations across Ontario. HIs column appears every month in Hospital News. Engagement of staff members and physicians is a significant priority in many ...
Navigating confidentiality with suicidal youth
Confidentiality has long been a cornerstone of professional ethics; in medicine it can be traced all the way back to the Hippocratic Oath. It stems from the recognition that patients (or clients) will reveal very personal and sensitive information to ...
Discharging patients with vaccine hesitant parents
Jonathan Breslin is Hospital News' Ethics Columnist. As an ethicist I try to always be as balanced as possible when I write columns like this one. This is not because I don’t have opinions or I’m afraid to express them. ...
A life or death decision
Kay Carter, Gloria Taylor, Dr. Donald Low, and Hassan Rasouli – all names of Canadians who have made headlines recently for being at the forefront of high profile challenges to our current legal landscape regarding end-of-life issues. Kay Carter (through her ...
Should oral feeding be considered healthcare or a
necessity of life?
Jonathan Breslin runs J. Breslin Consulting, specializing in providing ethics services to hospitals and long term care organizations across Ontario. HIs column appears every month in Hospital News. About a month ago the case of Margot Bentley hit the national ...
Don’t ignore those ethics red flags
A couple of weeks ago I participated in two case reviews for a community care organization, one of which dealt with issues that were identified at the point of transfer from hospital to the community. One of the cases unfortunately ...
Refusal of pain medication
Pain management is a vitally important part of good health care, and an especially important part of quality care for patients at the end of life. Several studies have shown that pain and symptom management is one of the core ...
What does ethics have to do with recruitment
Recruitment and retention of high quality health care staff is an ongoing challenge for hospitals in Canada, especially when it comes to nurses. A 2008 study by the Canadian Nurses Association predicated that Canada would face a shortfall of 113,000 ...
Ask the Ethicist: Should health care organizations
mandate influenza vaccinations for staff members as a
condition of employment?
It’s that time of year again: flu season. Every year at this time influenza vaccinations for health care workers becomes a hot topic of conversation, and this year is no exception. In fact the topic is even hotter this year ...
Education and Professional Development
As we gather our receipts and get ready to prepare our taxes, many of us start to feel a ‘cash crunch’ and are […]Read more →
Health Care Policy
At the hospital, provincial, and even federal level, those responsible for running our health care system are developing solutions to address the rising […]Read more →
Gang Zhou dreamed of becoming a doctor, but he didn’t know where to start. It was 2013 and Gang had just moved to […]Read more →
COMMITMENT ✚ DEDICATION ✚ COMPASSION ✚ LEADERSHIP Look around you. Have you been inspired, encouraged or empowered by an employee or a colleague? […]Read more →
Ornge provides an essential service in Ontario’s highly regionalized health care system by transporting patients to definitive care in a timely manner. To […]Read more →
In Ontario, health care has long been one of the healthier economic sectors to work in. And it may well be the healthiest […]Read more →
Volunteers have always played an instrumental role at Holland Bloorview, helping to create a world of possibility for kids with disability in our […]Read more →
The challenge for jurisdictions funding the Canadian health care system is determining how to provide the best possible care for the best possible […]Read more →
Broken Telephone Pictionary is basically a game where a person starts off drawing a topic and the next person interprets the drawing and […]Read more →
Everyone remembers that one special comforting toy or blanket they had as a child. How a hug could make almost any sadness or […]Read more →
Almost 70 years ago, six-month-old Norma Nicholson was found by a police officer outside the gates of her father’s house in Kingston, Jamaica […]Read more →
One year ago I wrote a column on the ethics of paediatricians discharging vaccine-hesitant parents from their practices. Since that time there have […]Read more →
We don’t often think about the delicate balance of our blood. On one hand, we need to be able to form blood clots […]Read more →
From the CEO's Desk
Meet Sarah. Sarah was a 26 year-old newly graduated teacher who always dreamed of getting married. She had a met and subsequently became […]Read more →
Every once in a while, the debate on vaccine safety and efficacy surfaces in the news and on social media. The most infamous […]Read more →
The Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre in Montreal, Quebec is one of the few long-term care centres in Canada to have a Centre […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
Digitization of paper records is a necessary component in every organization’s evolution to fully electronic records systems. For Canadian hospitals already under pressure […]Read more →
Geriatrics and Aging
Supporting seniors to stay healthy in their home is one of the health care system’s greatest challenges; accomplishing it is one of Fraser […]Read more →
Health Care Policy
Communities across Ontario are seeing a shift in demographics. Populations are growing and aging. As a result of this new reality, hospitals are […]Read more →
Geriatrics and Aging
Recognizing the growing numbers of seniors presenting at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s (CKHA) Emergency Department (ED), it was obvious the unique needs of […]Read more →