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The information on this page is provided to inform health care workers of their ethical duty and to support health care organizations and teams in making challenging decisions.

Last updated: September 22, 2021

Ethical decision-making

The ethical decision-making framework, and underlying principles and values, provides an interim process to support health care organizations and teams to make challenging decisions in a COVID-19 outbreak.

Ethical framework for allocating scarce drug therapies

The ethical framework for allocating scarce drug therapies examines the issue of critical drug scarcity during the COVID-19 pandemic and offers ethical considerations related to the use and allocation of drug therapies.

Duty of care

The ethical analysis focuses on the duty of health care workers in circumstances where there is a risk of harm to their own person.

Intervening when patients or residents pose a risk of transmission to others

This document provides an ethical approach to intervening for a patient or resident who cannot or will not adhere to physical distancing and infection control measures and thus poses a risk of harm to others. The document applies to all Ministry of Health funded facilities including acute, long-term care, and provincial mental health facilities and may offer relevant guidance to other settings as well.

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