“It is always the right time to do the right thing." – Martin Luther King Jr.
Ethics is about making ‘right’ or ‘good’ choices and being able to justify or say why we made one choice over another. Ethical principles encourage us to follow what is good and positive for our lives and society as a whole. Examples are justice (treating people fairly) and respect for individual autonomy (the right to make decisions for one’s self).
An ethical dilemma is when competing values or duties pull us in different directions. An example is when you want to be honest but are worried that the truth may hurt someone.
Ethical issues in health care may include concerns with:
Most people want to do the right thing. However, sometimes you can feel that you’re being pulled in opposite directions by different values, beliefs or duties. In such cases, you may benefit from an ethics consult. Anyone may request an ethics consult.
You do not need to ask anyone for permission to contact the Ethics Committee. Simply email or phone the chair of your
Local Ethics Committee.