Ethics is about making “right” or “good” choices and the reasons that we give for our choices and actions. Ethics promotes reflective practice in the delivery of health care. Ethics addresses the question “What should we do and why?”

Another way to describe ethics is as follows.

It is about:

  • Deciding what we should do – what decisions are morally right or acceptable;
  • Explaining why we should do it – justifying our decision using language of values and principles; and
  • Describing how we should do it – outlining an appropriate process for enacting the decision