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Advance care planning for patients with chronic illnesses

The advance directive movement officially began in 1990 following the landmark case of Nancy Cruzan in the United States. The lengthy court battle over...

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...

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

Engagement of staff members and physicians is a significant priority in many hospitals, and for good reason.  At a high level, organizations with more...

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...

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...

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

About a month ago the case of Margot Bentley hit the national news. Ms. Bentley is an 82 year-old former nurse, whose work with...

Ask the Ethicist: Should health care organizations mandate influenza vaccinations for...

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...

Ask the Ethicist: Withholding a cancer diagnosis from the patient?

One of the ethical issues I get consulted about most frequently is when family members of a patient request that certain information be withheld...

Should health care providers report extremely obese children to child welfare...

About a year ago there was a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association that sparked controversy by suggesting that in some...

Ask the Ethicist: Declaring death prematurely? Responding to concerns about organ...

In December, 2005, the Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation (CCDT) published a report entitled, “Public Awareness and Attitudes on Organ and Tissue Donation...

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