Ethics

31 articles
by Max Binks-Collier

‘Liberty is at stake, but not just the liberty of the unvaccinated’: An interview with Arthur Schafer

Ethicist Arthur Schafer argues that vaccine certificates are a clearly ethical means of protecting the vulnerable, the unvaccinated, and our health-care system, thereby allowing us to return to something resembling our pre-pandemic way of life.

by Max Binks-Collier

‘Is it a violation of people’s rights? I would say it is’: An interview with Kerry Bowman

Ethicist Kerry Bowman says that vaccine certificates give him pause because they restrict people's movement, are divisive, and likely further disadvantage the marginalized – all while providing a benefit whose overall impact is hard to gauge.

by Anne Borden King

Our Surgeries, Ourselves

After surgery for breast cancer, some patients forgo breast reconstruction surgery, instead opting to stay flat-chested. But this choice is often discouraged. Some doctors outright ignore requests for it. Read on to learn why this happens – and how cancer survivors are pushing back.

by Andrew Helmers

Vaccine passports: Moral baggage or all-inclusive destination?

When it comes to vaccine passports, perhaps the ends justify the means – they will increase vaccinations and benefit everyone. But perhaps we must also admit that they are, at best, only a small part of the solution to increasing vaccination.

by Andria Bianchi

My vaccine status? It’s private

Asking people about their vaccination status may be well-intentioned, but it can violate their privacy and lead to negative consequences for them. It's time to reconsider asking about it during our regular public interactions.

by James Downar Maxwell Smith

Delaying second doses helped avert ICU catastrophe

It’s clear that when Ontario's ICUs were on the brink of being overwhelmed at the beginning of May, delaying second doses of the vaccines to have more people get one dose almost certainly helped avert catastrophe.

by Alison Thompson Paula Chidwick Lisa Jennifer Schwartz Stephanie Nixon Lisa Forman Robert Sibbald

Public conversation on the ethics of intensive care triage during pandemic is overdue

As bioethicists who have worked on a framework for ICU triage in Ontario, we are concerned by the lack of transparency.

by Sandor J. Demeter

Finding the balance between public health ethics and medical ethics

Restrictive pandemic control strategies can have significant adverse consequences. Governments must use established public health ethical frameworks to guide their imposition.

by Marcia Sokolowski Andria Bianchi

Informed Consent: Should geriatric populations be told about limited representation in vaccine clinical trials?

There are ethical questions over whether certain seniors in long-term care or their designated decision-makers have the information needed to give informed consent to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

by Natalie Jesionka

‘It’s not too bad to miss Canadian winter:’ Voluntourism adapting to pandemic

The pandemic forced the shutdown of the $2.6-billion voluntourism industry, but some organizations later reopened with safety protocols that go beyond the bare minimum. However, that’s not always the case.

by Morenike Akinyemi

Ethics are critical in the move to digital health

Digital health is playing a pivotal role in transforming how care is delivered during this pandemic. While its benefits may be vast, we must pay attention to the unintended consequences.

by Timothy Caulfield

Stem cell miracles don’t live up to the hype

by Wendy Glauser Irfan Dhalla Joshua Tepper

Can financial incentives help patients be healthier?

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