North York General's Ethics Program contributes to improved patient care by helping to resolve ethical issues in the care of patients, and by integrating ethics into the policies and practices of the organization.
What are ethical issues?
Providing health care to patients sometimes leads to situations in which people may wonder, “What is the right thing to do?” These questions arise quite often because so many decisions in health care involve choices between important values. Sometimes disagreements may arise between people involved with a patient about the right thing to do.
How does the Ethics Program help with ethical issues?
Our hospital's Ethics Program works with patients, families and members of the health care team to resolve ethical issues that arise in the care of patients.
Representatives from our Ethics Program are available to attend family/team meetings, or to meet with patients, family members, or members of the team separately.
Here are some examples of questions or issues we can help with:
Questions about advance directives (ex: living wills, Powers of Attorney)
The medical team is recommending a care plan that you’re not comfortable consenting to (ex: removing life support, not using a feeding tube, etc.)
You are concerned about withdrawing or withholding life-sustaining treatment Your loved one has expressed wishes in an advance directive but you are not sure if you should follow them
You disagree with the discharge plan proposed for you or your loved one
You think your cultural or religious beliefs are not being respected
Members of your family do not agree with each other about which treatment plan to follow.
Office of Medical and Academic Affairs
Phone: (416) 756-6119
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Jay Nathanson is available after hours by calling Locating at 416-756-6000.
North York General is a full partner of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
, a partnership between the University of Toronto and affiliated health-care organizations in the Greater Toronto Area.
For information on Powers of Attorney and the Public Guardian and Trustee, visit the website of the Ministry of the Attorney General