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Ethics Service

The PHSA Ethics Service is a free, confidential service. We support people seeking and accessing services, as well as their loved ones.

Our goals

  • Foster a culture of ethics at PHSA
  • Ensure values are at the centre of health care decisions
  • Support justice, equity, diversity and inclusion 
  • Confidential support to individuals and loved ones.
  • Recommendations to promote ethical practice in healthcare.
  • Education and resources for families, patients and teams.

Ethical issues

An ethics consult may be helpful for issues related to:

  • Uncertainty or differing opinions about care plans
  • Concerns about continuing, stopping or refusing treatment
  • Questions about who should make a health-care decision
  • Patient privacy/confidentiality
  • End-of-life decisions
  • Tensions related to values, religion or culture 

Ethics consults

In an ethics consult, we can: 
  • facilitate respectful discussions about health care questions and concerns;
  • help people think through the values that are most important to them;
  • support people to reach decisions that are right for them and their loved ones;
  • keep information confidential; and
  • support people in talking with their health care teams.
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