Feedback for Proposed Revision of the Code of Ethics

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 4, 2015

We would like to provide feedback on statement 3.14 which currently reads as, "3.14 Members ensure that their views about a patient’s personal life, religious beliefs, and other morally irrelevant factors such as: race, gender, identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status and any other factor(s), do not prejudice their opinion of the patient and affect the quality of service that they provide to the patient."

We propose that the following statement be included instead, "3.14 Members ensure that they provide the highest quality of care to all patients, regardless of their personal views on a patient's various identities, such as: race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, religion, and any other factor(s). At the same time, members will ensure that they: 1) Learn with and from patients to increase their understanding of patients’ identities and experiences; 2) Continually reflect on how a patient's identities can affect how they approach healthcare and; 3) Redress the inherent power imbalance between patients and providers."

We would be pleased to discuss further with the College if desired, please do feel free to contact us.

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