HEC Forum

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 31–40

Exploring a Model Role Description for Ethicists

  • Paula Chidwick
  • Jennifer Bell
  • Eoin Connolly
  • Michael D. Coughlin
  • Andrea Frolic
  • Laurie Hardingham
  • Randi Zlotnik Shaul
Article

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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

BioethicsClinical ethics consultationClinical ethics

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paula Chidwick
    • 1
  • Jennifer Bell
    • 2
  • Eoin Connolly
    • 3
  • Michael D. Coughlin
    • 4
  • Andrea Frolic
    • 5
  • Laurie Hardingham
    • 6
  • Randi Zlotnik Shaul
    • 7
  1. 1.William Osler Health SystemBrampton Civic HospitalBramptonCanada
  2. 2.W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied EthicsThe University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.St. Joseph’s Health CentreTorontoCanada
  4. 4.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural NeurosciencesMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  5. 5.Hamilton Health SciencesMcMaster University Medical CenterHamiltonCanada
  6. 6.St. Joseph’s Health Care LondonLondonCanada
  7. 7.The Hospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada