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Ethics services

Ethics in a healthcare setting involves helping patients, families and those who work in healthcare when they are facing difficult moral or value-based choices about the right or best course of action. The goal is not to impose values on others, but to help individuals and groups in solving complex problems so they are able to make informed decisions about treatment.

How can the Ethicist help me?

The Ethicist is a resource person, with advanced training in ethics, who can help clarify ethical issues, offer other perspectives, review options, and assist with decision-making.

What will the Ethicist do?

  • Provide confidential consultation
  • Ensure all relevant facts, values and options are explored
  • Help people understand and explore available treatment options
  • Identify and provide information to help people make decisions about ethical issues.
  • Mediate to assist individuals and /or groups when there is a difference of opinion about a particular patient care situation
  • Participate in MSH Research ethics Board to address ethical issues in research
  • Research ethical issues in patient care
  • Provide education to patients, families and professional on ethical issues in healthcare

Who can contact the Ethicists?

Employees, family members, patients, volunteers, physicians are welcome to contact Ethics Services.

Contact:
Markham Stouffville Hospital
Hours are variable - please call cell phone number for consultations
cell phone: 437-771-1357
Email – Ethics@MSH.on.ca

Markham Stouffville Hospital is a member of the Health Ethics Alliance (HEA), a partnership with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and a number of other partner health institutions. The Mission of the HEA is to provide comprehensive ethics services to enhance the quality of ethical decision-making.

Resources:

Ethics Help Brochure

Website Links

  • Advance Care Planning - Speak Up!  - Canada’s National Website to promote Advance Care Planning for all Canadians. It has great tools for both individuals to complete their Advance Care Plans and for those working with patients to learn how to discuss advance care planning with their patients. Canada’s National Website to promote Advance Care Planning for all Canadians. It has great tools for both individuals to complete their Advance Care Plans and for those working with patients to learn how to discuss advance care planning with their patients.
  • University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics - A partnership between the University of Toronto and affiliated hospitals, the JCB studies ethical, health-related topics through research and clinical activities.
  • Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario - The Consent and Capacity Board is an independent body set up by the government of Ontario to arbitrate disputes between patients and/or their substitute decision makers and physicians/healthcare institutions related to treatment.