Ethics Services


  • Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network
    NSHEN is Nova Scotia's Health Ethics Network. It provides comprehensive ethics support to the province's district health authorities and the Department of Health. The NSHEN website is an excellent source of many resources, videos, case studies adn other useful tools for ethical decision making.
  • AMA Journal of Ethics

An open-access, MEDLINE-indexed online journal of expert-solicited and peer-reviewed content to help medical students and physicians make sound ethical decisions in service to patients and society.

  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
    A professional society for individuals, organizations, and institutions interested in bioethics and humanities. The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities promotes the exchange of ideas and fosters multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and inter-professional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development and collegiality among people engaged in clinical academic bioethics and the medical humanities.
    A global information source on Bioethics news and issues.
    The website is currently maintained by the editorial staff of The American Journal of Bieothics. In service to anyone interested in bioethics, the website publishes information on the latest journal publications, events, job opportunities and current news. The site now includes original blog authorship by world-renowned bioethicists, as well as being a one-stop-shop for popular syndicated bioethics blogs.
  • Canadian Bioethics Society
    The Canadian Bioethics Society (CBS) is a national, member-driven organization serving as a forum for individuals interested in sharing ideas relating to bioethics. The CBS provides resources and opportunities for dialogue to help individuals, organizations and societies explicitly identify, explore and make decisions on bioethics issues.
  • Community Ethics Network
    The Community Ethics Network (CEN), a membership-funded group, is a partnership of 41 community healthcare and support services organizations committed to advancing the practice of ethics in the community healthcare and support services sectors. The CEN offers organizational ethics seminars to leadership and management to help agencies build ethics capacity and implement ethics programs within the organization to enhance quality service. For front-line staff, the CEN offers conferences with workshops and other educational resources to increase staff awareness and understanding of community healthcare ethics.
  • Dalhousie University Department of Bioethics
    Located within the Faculty of Medicine, the Dalhousie University Department of Bioethics supports the critical analysis of emerging social and moral issues in health.
  • Dementia: Ethical Issues
    Online report, including framework and recommendations on the Nuffield Council on the Bioethics project on ethical issues in dementia.
  • "Doing" Ethics in Rural Health Care Institutions
    Glover, J. (2009). "Doing" Ethics in Rural Health Care Institutions. From Handbook for Rural Health Care Ethics: A Practical Guide for Professionals. Dartmouth College Press. Published by University Press of New England. Access to ethics resources is often limited in a rural setting. This chapter provides basic information about ethics and ethics deliberation. "Ethics" is defined and distinguished from the law. The challenges to ethics deliberation in a rural context are discussed, and three mechanisms for supporting ethics deliberation in rural settings are provided.
  • Ethics Illustrated
    A project of Bioethics International, this blog brings students and emerging bioethicists together to share ideas and to support each other's early career development. Posts range in topic and ethical position and are designed to get readers thinking and talking about ethics.
  • Health-Care Organizational Ethics Blog
    Jim Sabin, the co-author of "Setting Limits Fairly: Learning to Share Resources for Health", and "No Margin, No Mission: Health-Care Organizations and the Question for Ethical Excellence". The sub-title of the blog is "For discussion and debate about the ethics of health care organizations and the wider health system".
  • Health Ethics
    A blog maintained by a practitioner in health ethics and sport ethics and intended to be a provocative look at ethical issues and events as they arise.
  • Health for All
    We're all in this together! Large gaps exist between those experiencing the best and poorest health. People living in some areas of Winnipeg have nearly 19 years lower life expectancy than people living in other parts of the city. Many of the gaps arise from unfair, unjust and modifiable social circumstances. This website contains the Winnipeg Health Region's Health Equity Action Plan, and a number of excellent resources for those interested in working to reduce the gaps.
  • Impact Ethics
    IE is managed by the Novel Tech Ethics research team ( in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada). They are primarily concerned with (i) contemporary bioethical news, (ii) how bioethical news and development may be interpreted by and affect Canadians, and (iii) engaging academics and non-academics in bioethical discussion, and post commentaries on a wide range of topics.
  • Inside the Ethics Committee Radio Series
    The BBC's Inside the Ethics Committee Radio Series. A panel of experts discuss real-life cases to explore the workings of clinical ethics committees.
  • It's OK to Die
    This blog by an American Physician tackles hard topics like loss, advance directives, and discussing death and dying. She is an insightful and engaging writer and often has thought and discussion-provoking posts.
  • John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre at the University of Alberta
    The John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre is the only interdisciplinary, academic health ethics centre in Alberta and one of the first in Canada. The Centre is involved in health ethics education, research and community engagement at the University of Alberta.
  • Joint Centre for Bioethics
    The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) is a partnership between the University of Toronto and affiliated healthcare organizations. The JCB studies important ethical, health-related topics through research and clinical activities. Their mission is to provide leadership in bioethics research, education, practice and public engagement.
  • Journal of Ethics in Mental Health
    An international, peer-reviewed, web-based journal, available free on-line worldwide. The journal was developed in association with The Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and McMaster University (Canada). It aims at providing a useful forum for sharing ideas and experiences among all who are committed to improving ethical standards, behaviours, and choices in mental health care giving.
  • Medical Futility Blog
    On this blog, Professor Thaddeus Pope tracks judicial, legislative, policy, and academic developments concerning medical futility and the limits on individual autonomy at the end of life.
  • National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy
    The National Collaborating Centre for Health Public Policy contains links, resources and tools for examining Public Health Ethics and the issues specific to community contexts.
  • National Rural Bioethics Project
    This project, housed at The University of Montana, was established to create a formal mechanism for sustained bioethics-related research and program development in rural communities and rural healthcare settings. By exploring how rural healthcare providers and residents identify, discuss, and resolve ethics-related issues that complicate the delivery of healthcare, this effort will help establish a foundation for ongoing ethics-related research in rural settings.
  • Nursing Home Abuse Guide
    An American site with resources and facts about elder abuse. This site is specific to nursing homes, but contains information and resources that would be relevant to identifying potential abuse for any vulnerable person.
  • Nursing Home Abuse Support
    Our goal is to educate the American public with factual and current information relating to elder abuse and neglect within the United States. Each year tens of thousands of seniors are abused and neglected and our mission is to help spread awareness on this very sensitive issue.
  • Practical Bioethics Blog
    The Centre for Practical Bioethics in a non-profit, free-standing and independent organization nationally recognized for its work in practical bioethics. Since 1984, the center has helped patients and their families, healthcare professionals, policy makers and coporate leaders grapple with ethically complex issues in medicine and research. For more, go to the Center for Practical Bioethics website. This website has links to education opportunities, as well as case studies for discussion and podcasts of "The Bioethics Channel".
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Online Ethics Curriculum
    The bioethics curriculum aims to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of ethical principles and the value of ethical analysis in guiding behaviour and decision making in medical practice.
  • The Ethics Web
    The Ethics Web is a collection of ethics-related websites, run by philosopher Chris MacDonald. Chris has been administering respected ethics-related websites since 1994. The style and function of the various Ethics Web websites varies, but each strives to present a selected range of high-quality ethics-related resources on a particular topic. Most of the Ethics Web websites have a Canadian "slant", but all provide information that will be on interest to international visitors.
  • The Hastings Center
    The Hastings Center is a nonpartisan research institute dedicated to bioethics and the public interest. The site has a wide collection of resources related to the center's publications, careers, research and news.
  • The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
    At Santa Clara University, The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics provides an introduction to thinking ethically via a series of articles.
  • The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
    At the University of British Columbia, The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics is an interdisciplinary research unit. Their website lists many helpful links.
  • UK's Clinical Ethics Network
    The UK's Clinical Ethics Network provides up to date and reliable information on ethical issues that commonly present to clinical ethics committees or arise in clinical practice, and provides links to national policy and guidance on ethical issues relating to clinical practice.
  • White Coat, Black Art
    White Coat, Black Art is an original and provocative show demystifying the world of medicine. Host Dr. Brian Goldman reveals the culture of medicine and the health care system from the point of view of those who work on the other side of the gurney. Many of the episodes concern current and interesting issues with significant relevance, and are presented in a fairly balanced way. The site hosts podcasts of the episodes, as well as a blog by the host.

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