Addressing ethical issues in geriatrics and longterm care: Ethics education at the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care

Michael Gordon, Leigh Turner, Eileen Bourret

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Abstract

An innovative program in ethics education exists at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. This program can serve as a helpful model for long-term care and geriatric care facilities seeking to implement formal training programs in bioethics. Various aspects of the ethics education program are examined. In addition to describing the role of the ethics committee and research ethics board, consideration is given to case consultations, ethics rounds, the training of junior physicians and medical students, grand rounds and the planning of conferences and guest lectures. With regard to educational content in bioethics, health law, professional guidelines and the principlist approach of Beauchamp and Childress are used to explore the ethical dimensions of particular cases. Given the clinical context of the educational initiatives, the pedagogical approach is predominately case-based. While the bioethics literature emphasizes the patient-physician relationship, ethics education at Baycrest recognizes the importance of multiple professions. Physicians, nurses, social workers, speech pathologists, nutritionists and other health care providers are involved in ethical deliberation and education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-491
Number of pages17
JournalMedicine and Law
Volume19
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Case consultations
  • Continuing education
  • Ethics
  • Geriatric care
  • Long-term care

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