In part 1 of our post about ethics support at Nova Scotia Health, you learned about the structure for ethics support and the types of support available to staff and physicians. Now, in part 2, we will cover how you access ethics support through Ethics Nova Scotia Health.
Ethics support is available to all staff, health care providers, volunteers, patients, and families at Nova Scotia Health. Our hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 -4:30pm.
To request ethics support:
Ethics requests are confidential. Health care team members, patients, and families do not need permission from the treating physician to request an ethics consultation.
Once you have submitted your request, an ethics administrator or a member of the ethics consultation team will contact you. If you have not filled in a request form, you may be asked to provide more information about the situation. We will then triage your request. If we determine that another service may be better able to address the issue, we will do our best to direct you to the relevant service.
Ethics consultation support can take different forms, depending on the issue and the situation:
During your ethics consultation, we can help you:
NOTE Ethics does not take over the decision-making authority.
Ethics Nova Scotia Health resources: https://www.cdha.nshealth.ca/ethics-support/ethics-resources
Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network (NSHEN): www.nshen.ca
Clinical ethics resources:
Resources for health policy developers and reviewers:
Ethics education resources:
If you have any general inquiries about Ethics Nova Scotia Health, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To request ethics support, please reach out to Ethics Support for your health zone: https://www.cdha.nshealth.ca/ethics-support/contact.
Ethics Resource Coordinator, Ethics Nova Scotia Health, Central Zone
with the Ethics Collaborations Team
Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie University
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Last updated: Sep 23, 2022 10:50 AM
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