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 ...
With MERS and company in our world, infection control
must be a habit for us all
Kevin Reel is the clinical and organizational ethicist at Mackenzie Health and Southlake Regional Health Centre Have you heard of MERS yet? If not, you likely will soon. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Novel Coronavirus (MERS-nCoV) was in the news ...
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 ...
‘Why didn’t my daughter’s therapist check with me
about this counselling?”
Gone are the days when healthcare practitioners needed to recall the legal age of consent for treatment –18, 12, 9, 15? In most Canadian provinces, we now look for a person’s ‘capacity’ to make a particular decision – rather than ...
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 ...
Requests for complementary and alternative therapies –
one more opportunity for meaningful communication
The notions of complementary and alternative therapy and medicine (CAT or CAM) capture a huge range of products and practices. Those terms potentially cover familiar ‘non-invasive’ therapies like massage and aromatherapy, but also more invasive things like acupuncture through to ...
Are there limits to a patient’s autonomy in making
health care decisions?
This is a question healthcare professionals have to answer almost every day. As they work with patients and families who are making healthcare decisions, the goal is to move care in the right direction. How much control should patients have ...
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 ...
From the CEO's Desk
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Addictions and Drugs
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Health Care Policy
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Complementary Medicine and Alternative Therapies
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Facilities Management and Design
When the Just for Kids (JFK) Clinic opened 23 years ago at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, it had just an office and two […]Read more →
Addictions and Drugs
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Obstetrics & Gynaecology
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Education and Professional Development
When Dr. Amber Couzens talks about the Hippo pathway, she is not referring to a large lumbering mammal. The post-doctoral researcher in the […]Read more →