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Clinical Ethics

Our goal is to enhance clinical care and its outcomes.

We work toward our goal by: 

  1. Encouraging and supporting the patient and family voice.
  2. Developing resources to help families and healthcare teams understand and access ethics support services.
  3. Promoting ethics education activities for healthcare providers to become ethics-informed and build strong inter-professional practices.
  4. Embedding organizational ethics into our daily practices.
  5. Enhancing research ethics to help guide us into the future. 

We provide the following services:

  1. Confidential ethics consultations - are available for our patients, their families and our healthcare teams. Please contact Dr. Alice Virani to schedule your consultation.
  2. Ethics committees - meet each month at BC Children's Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children to examine complex ethical issues at both sites and act in an advisory role in the development and implementation of ethically based hospital policy. If you are a staff member and would like to consult with one of our ethics committees, please contact our administration office to schedule a visit.
  3. Ethics for Lunch education series - provides the opportunity for our frontline healthcare professionals to examine key issues and build competencies in clinical ethics. These lunch hour sessions are held each month from September to June from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Please contact if you would like to be added to our distribution list.
  4. Case of the Month - provides our healthcare teams with the opportunity to explore a variety of complex ethical issues and determine the best plan of treatment. 
  5. C&W Research Ethics Board (REB) - is a UBC-affiliated research ethics board responsible for the ethical review of:
    • Clinical and behavioural research projects conducted on the Oak Street campus.
    • Studies for which the principal investigator holds appointments with BC Women's & Children's which directly involves patients, records or resources of the Oak Street campus.
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