HEC Forum

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 31–40

Exploring a Model Role Description for Ethicists


    • William Osler Health SystemBrampton Civic Hospital
  • Jennifer Bell
    • W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied EthicsThe University of British Columbia
  • Eoin Connolly
    • St. Joseph’s Health Centre
  • Michael D. Coughlin
    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural NeurosciencesMcMaster University
  • Andrea Frolic
    • Hamilton Health SciencesMcMaster University Medical Center
  • Laurie Hardingham
    • St. Joseph’s Health Care London
  • Randi Zlotnik Shaul
    • The Hospital for Sick Children

DOI: 10.1007/s10730-010-9126-5

Cite this article as:
Chidwick, P., Bell, J., Connolly, E. et al. HEC Forum (2010) 22: 31. doi:10.1007/s10730-010-9126-5


This paper provides a description of the role of the clinical ethicist as it is generally experienced in Canada. It examines the activities of Canadian ethicists working in healthcare institutions and the way in which their work incorporates more than ethics case consultation. The Canadian Bioethics Society established a “Taskforce on Working Conditions for Bioethics” (hereafter referred to as the Taskforce), to make recommendations on a number of issues affecting ethicists and to develop a model role description. This essay carefully assesses this model role description.


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