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To better meet the demands of our consultation mandate, various types of support measures have been defined:

  • Decision-making consultation: assisting a team or group of professionals in making a decision when faced with a complex situation or when the team has varying views on the problem.
  • A posteriori consultation: reflecting together with a team or group of caregivers who have lived through a difficult situation and are seeking to improve their work environment quality should another similar situation arise.
  • Consultation for advice : replying to a request for advice formulated by health professionals who may question a certain element of their practice or their clinical decision.
  • Support for clinical activities : reflecting together with a team or group of professionals who have an interest in discussing a recurring problem for the purpose of finding alternatives to improve clinical practices.

Consultation approaches

All consultation approaches are conducted in an interdisciplinary fashion and encompass the following steps:

  • Contact with the individual or individuals seeking consultation
  • Identification of ethical issues at stake
  • Documentation of the situation or theme
  • Planning of the course of the consultation: individual meeting or team meeting or meeting with the family
  • Discussion of the problem together with the Clinical Ethics Unit
  • Use of external consultations when required
  • Drafting of a report underlining the approach and recommendations

Consultation reports are forwarded to the applicant and inserted in the medical file. Recommendations have no regulatory value but are designed more as a guide born out of the reflection of both the Clinical Ethics Unit and parties involved in the consultation.

A service quality and stakeholder satisfaction assessment form is forwarded to the applicant and to the family if indeed the family was consulted during the process

Focus groups and training

When a need is identified by a team, the head of the department forwards a request to the Clinical Ethics Unit’s coordinator who in turn will document the intent behind the intervention. Along with members of the unit, the means of intervention are worked out and a service offer is proposed to the manager.

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Updated on 8/21/2014
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