Exemplary Patient Experiences, Always.


Exemplary Patient Experiences, Always.

What Is Ethics?

Ethics1 can be described as a way of critically looking at issues in health care that encompasses:

  • Deciding what we should do – what decisions are morally right or acceptable based on the values and principles we agree are relevant
  • Explaining why we should do it – justifying our decision using language of values and principles to explain why
  • Describing how we should do it – outlining an appropriate process for enacting the decision.

If you answer yes to one or more of the following questions you may be facing an ethical issue:

  • Am I trying to determine the right course of action?
  • Am I asking a “should” question?
  • Are values and beliefs involved?
  • Am I feeling uncomfortable?

1 Definition developed by Dr. Barbara Secker, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.

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