There are several local ethics committees in Saskatchewan. Committee members include staff and community members. They look at situations from many different points of view and identify ethical issues. They can help you (and the care team) weigh the pros and cons of each option and make an informed decision. Committees will have support from an ethicist.
Function of Ethics Committees
Ethics committees are a resource for patients, residents and clients, staff and health-care providers. Anyone can bring up an ethics problem to get help from the Ethics Committee. They frequently help SHA staff with:
- Research activities
- Developing policies and procedures
- Rules and regulations
- Patient care plans
Ethics committees follow our policy on the use and release of personal health information. A written record of all consultation meetings is made and maintained. This is to ensure your information is only shared with those who need to be included.
Did you know the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has an official Ethics Framework? The Ethics Framework provides detailed information on our organizational ethics. It includes information on the following topics:
- Leadership and management
- Clinical ethics
- Research ethics
- Population/public health ethics
There is also a framework developed specifically for SHA’s Pandemic Response, which helps explain reasons for changes to health care delivery during pandemics.