What Is Ethics in a Healthcare Setting?

Ethics 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 support individuals and groups in solving complex problems. This helps them to make informed decisions about treatment.

All patients at NHH, their families, volunteers and staff have access to our ethicist.

How Do I Know It Is an Ethical Issue?

You May Have an Ethical Issue If You:

Topics in Health Care That Might Present an Ethical Challenge Could Include:

How Can Ethics Help?

The Ethicist Can Help By:

What Is An Ethicist, And How Can They Help Me?

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

What Will the Ethicist Do?

For help with an ethical issue or using the Ethics Framework, please contact our Ethics Consultation Service at 905-430-4055 x6046, or and your email or phone message will be answered within two business days.

Documents you may also find helpful include:

Integrated Ethics Framework

Ethics Consultation Brochure