Like all Canadians, every member of a patient’s care team has a Charter freedom of conscience and religion. This must be balanced with the patient’s right to legally available and appropriate care, which is what the Conscientious Objection standard of practice aims to do.
Conscientious objection does not permit you to withhold information about an available treatment or service because it conflicts with your beliefs.
You should provide what information you can, but be clear and upfront that your personal beliefs prevent you from offering or recommending the service. Keep the conversation professional and avoid promoting your own perspective or objection to the patient.
If your beliefs limit what information you can provide, you must arrange timely access to another physician or resource who can offer the patient information and advice about all the medical options available.
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