How the Ethics Committee Works

All consultations with the Ethics Committee are confidential; however, suggestions offered by the committee may be incorporated into your medical record.

The committee is available to:

  • Listen to your problem and help gather information about your situation.
  • Assist in evaluating the ethical questions raised to help you, your family and your doctor make decisions about your treatment. A special sensitivity is placed on the moral, legal, cultural, spiritual and personal issues that concern you.

It is important to understand that, although the committee will offer you guidance, members will not make decisions for you or tell your doctor how to proceed.

Many ethical issues can best be discussed when only one person speaks with the committee. In some situations, several people may need to be included in order to gather the appropriate information about an issue. In other situations, it may be best for a single committee member to meet with a patient or family member to discuss a concern.

 Ethics and Patient Rights