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...

Sexuality in end-of-life care: Who should start the discussion?

By Andria Bianchi In December 2017, Canada’s federal government called on the Minister of Health to create a framework for palliative care. This call to...

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...

Flu vaccines and Ebola relief – do we have duties to get and to...

Over 40 years ago, philosopher and ethicist Peter Singer published an article called "Famine affluence and morality". The piece argued that we ought to...

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...

Discharging patients with vaccine hesitant parents

As an ethicist I try to always be as balanced as possible when I write columns like this one. This is not because I...

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...

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