The Montreal Children’s Hospital’s Clinical Ethics Service provides support to patients, families and healthcare teams who face challenging situations or difficult choices.
Some of these situations may involve negotiating a care plan for a patient or determining what course of action is in the best interest of the patient. Other situations may involve a patient’s competency to make decisions, end-of-life care and refusal of treatment. Whatever the concern, we assist patients, families, and health professionals in identifying, examining and resolving a wide range of ethical challenges that can arise in health care.
We ensure that our patients' and families' values and interests are taken into consideration and we promote ethical decision-making in the context of health care. The Clinical Ethics Service also provides ongoing ethics education to staff, residents and physicians and attempts to integrate ethics into all aspects of our daily practice.