Providence Healthcare
Providence Healthcare

Centre for Clinical Ethics

A Joint Venture of Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital

Established in 1982 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, the mission of the Centre for Clinical Ethics is to enable members of the health care community to identify and resolve ethical issues that arise in the clinical setting. This is done through education, case consultations, policy development and research. As a faith-based centre, our commitment is to the core values of our three supporting institutions and to broadening the understanding of the role that faith plays in the questions that confront people in their search for healing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ethics Grand Rounds at Providence

Every month (except over the summer), Ethics Grand Rounds are held over the lunch hour, exploring a different ethical topic. The Rounds are open to everyone (Providence staff, volunteers, patients, residents and clients). Topics discussed have included:

  • "Gimme Shelter": Homelessness and Post-Hospital Discharge Dilemmas
  • Recurrent Issues in Family Meetings in Chronic Care Settings
  • Inter-Professional Teams and Discharge Planning: Ethical Perspectives
  • Ethical Perspectives on Caring for Buddhist Patients
  • Oneself as Another: Ethical Perspectives on Personhood, Self and Identity
  • Applying the YODA Ethical Decision-Making Framework in a Complex Continuing Care Setting
  • Ethical Issues in Geriatric Care: Can Family Members Help as Medical Interpreters?
  • Public Participation in Priority Setting: An Ethical Perspective
  • Artificial Nutrition and Hydration at the End of Life
  • Restraints: ‘Let Me Be Free’
  • What does ‘best interests’ really mean?
  • When to (and Why) call the OPGT for Treatment Decisions
  • This Won’t Hurt a Bit: The Ethics of Promising Pain Relief
  • Recurrent Ethical Issues in Caring for Persons with Dementia and their Families
  • Duty to Disclose and the Patient’s Right to Confidentiality
  • Consent, Empowerment and Patient-Centred Care
  • Integrity and Moral Distress: Health Care Professionals as Part of a Moral Community