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PAD: Physician Assisted Death


There has been considerable buzz around the issue of assisted death in Canada – and around the world – lately.  CKN will be publishing a new series surrounding this issue.  Stay tuned as we hear different perspectives from both professionals and patients in the coming weeks.

ALS sufferer first Canadian to receive judge’s approval for assisted death
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Mar. 01, 2016


Join the heated discussion in the Current Oncology journal about assisted death:

Pereira’s attack on legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide: smoke and mirrors

Casting stones and casting aspersions: let’s not lose sight of the main issues in the euthanasia debate

Assisted death and the slippery slope—finding clarity amid advocacy, convergence, and complexity


Physician-Assisted Death is not Palliative Care

paliative_care_treeL. Herx , MD PhD, Department of Oncology, University of Calgary

This article originally appeared in Current Oncology

On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada made a unanimous decision that it is unconstitutional to prohibit physician-assisted death. Physician-assisted death includes both physician-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia. In the past weeks, much has been said about end-of-life care and physician-assisted death being a “therapeutic service” for some Canadians, but critical elements have been lacking or clouding this discussion. In particular, little has been said about what palliative care is, and while much has been said about death, little has been said about the life stage of dying. Lastly, a myriad of confusing language has been used in this debate. Physician-assisted death is not “medically-aided dying,” nor should it be confused with palliative care.

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