Selecting a behaviour analyst for children with autism: Empowering families to make informed decisions

By Ana Luisa Santo, Aamir Khan, Rosemary Condillac, Andria Bianchi Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that can impact how a person...

Balancing denial, hope, and clinical recommendations

By Julie Hann and Andria Bianchi Social workers are essential contributors to healthcare teams in both acute care and rehabilitative settings. With the goal of...

A reflection on advance care planning

By Andria Bianchi National Advance Care Planning (ACP) day was on April 16, 2019. The purpose of ACP day is to encourage people to have...

Complementary medicine and chronic illness

By Ruby Shanker Despite strides made in research and clinical practice of Western medicine to improve the management of illness trajectory, the rising utilization of...

Equality vs. equity in a publicly funded healthcare system

By Andria Bianchi Living in a publicly funded healthcare system may lead some providers and/or organizations to strive to achieve a system of complete equality...

Considering ethics in human resources

By Andria Bianchi In most mid-to-large sized healthcare organizations and all Canadian academically-affiliated hospitals, anyone (i.e., patients, families, volunteers, clinicians, and staff) can contact an...

What to wear? The ethical benefits and challenges of wearable devices

By Andria Bianchi The prevalence of using wearable devices to monitor aspects related to one’s health has increased in recent years. Some devices have functions...

Brain death: An area fraught with more questions than answers

  By Andria Bianchi The topic of neurologically determined death (“brain death”) is fraught with ethical and philosophical questions. A 2014 policy by the Canadian Medical...

Ethics and the stigma of mental illness and addiction

By Daniel Buchman Stigma is socially discrediting. It is a complex social and psychological process that is enacted through intersecting individual (e.g., self-stigma), interpersonal (e.g.,...

Considering the ethics of personalized medicine

By Andria Bianchi Personalized medicine is commonly defined as a type of medical care that is managed in accordance with one’s personal genome. The idea...

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