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NSHEN builds ethics capacity and provides resources and support to address ethics issues as they arise in health care practice.
Our website features a variety of health care ethics resources including audio and video resources, discussion pages and decision making frameworks and tools.
What Is Health Ethics?
It’s Complicated: A Podcast About Healthcare Ethics in Practice
NSHEN is excited to announce our new resource, a podcast called “It’s Complicated: A Podcast About Healthcare Ethics in Practice” with shows from the NSHEN Team and special guest speakers.
Season 2, Episode 6:
Productive Conversations from a Patient Relations Perspective with Theresa Hawkesworth, Director, External Relations and Special Projects with Theresa Hawkesworth, Director, External Relations and Special Projects, Nova Scotia Health
In this article, Howard and Hutchinson discuss the ethical issues associated with industry technicians, also referred to as ‘industry employed allied professionals’ (IEAP), working as part of a medical team in the hospital setting. Dialogical practice, where all members of the health care team work together towards a common goal, is essential for clinical communities, as it is a way of sharing knowledge and identifying gaps in that knowledge that are relevant to patient care. The authors argue that by mediating expertise about medical devices on behalf of the manufacturer while also working as part of the health care team, IEAPs potentially limit opportunities for independent learning and for dialogical education practices. In keeping with their role, IEAPs are protecting the commercial interests of the medical device manufacturer, and true knowledge exchange is therefore limited. This may negatively affect clinical knowledge and patient outcomes.