Articles By: Jonathan Breslin

Advance care planning for patients with chronic illnesses
Advance care planning for patients with chronic illnesses

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. The advance directive movement officially began in 1990 following the landmark case ...

Posted: June 30, 2015|Ethics|0 comments

Vaccines, parenting, and adolescent sexuality
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 ...

Posted: April 4, 2015|Ethics|0 comments

Staff engagement: What’s ethics got to do with it?
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 ...

Posted: January 13, 2015|Ethics|0 comments

Navigating confidentiality with suicidal youth
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 ...

Posted: October 11, 2014|Ethics|0 comments

Discharging patients with vaccine hesitant parents
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. ...

Posted: March 7, 2014|Ethics|0 comments

A life or death decision
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 ...

Posted: November 1, 2013|Ethics, Featured, Health Care Policy|1 comment

Should oral feeding be considered healthcare or a necessity of life?
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 ...

Posted: October 23, 2013|Ethics|0 comments

Don’t ignore those ethics red flags
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 ...

Posted: July 4, 2013|Columns, Ethics|1 comment

Refusal of pain medication
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 ...

Posted: April 9, 2013|Columns, Ethics|0 comments

What does ethics have to do with recruitment and retention?
What does ethics have to do with recruitment
and retention?

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 ...

Posted: January 2, 2013|Columns, Ethics|0 comments

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