Clinical Ethics at St. Joseph's

Ethics is about thinking critically on how we live and act

This includes:

  • analyzing how our values affect our behaviours,
  • identifying what is good or right in a particular situation, and
  • giving reasons why some choices may be better than others.

Clinical Ethics concerns morally sensitive issues in the context of patient care and the relationships between the people involved.

The primary questions that Clinical Ethics deals with are:

  • What should we do? (What actions or steps are good or right?)
  • Why should we do it? (What are our reasons, and what do they mean?)
  • How should we do it? (The method of our response, or what plan is most ethical?)

This is a process we should all participate in, because ethical decisions are made by everyone on a daily basis.

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Last updated: Fri, 2011-08-12 16:11