In her own words: Patient explains her decision to seek Medical Assistance in Dying

She's authentic. She's thoughtful. She's articulate.

An 82-year-old cancer patient recently discussed with Dr. Gary Rodin, Head of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, her decision to receive Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID).

"It's a personal decision," the woman, who preferred her name not be used, says in the interview.

Four days after the interview was filmed, she received MAID surrounded by close friends.

With the permission of the patient, the interview was filmed...

Providing the best care to older adults with cancer

On the International Day of Older Persons, we spoke to Dr. Shabbir Alibhai, Medical Lead for the Older Persons with Cancer Clinic about how to provide the best care to older adults with cancer.

GIPPEC: Dr. Alibhai, How are the needs of older adults with cancer different from younger people with cancer?

Dr. Alibhai: As people get older, there is more often complexity with aging, meaning that...

Assisted dying is legal – Now what

The Department of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and GIPPEC developed an education platform, including a series of videos showing health professionals how to respond to patients who express a desire for assisted dying.

This is in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in February 2015, which struck down the ban on medical assistance in dying (MAID) for patients meeting specific eligibility requirements.

To see the framework and the education material visit:

Call for Abstract: Transatlantic collaboration: Enhancing clinical care through palliative care research

In this seminar, researchers will share their experiences of conducting collaborative research within Canada and in both North America and Europe. The seminar will provide great opportunities to connect, share experiences and discuss across cross-cultural differences related to traditions and experiences with palliative care.

Panel Speakers: Stein Kaasa, Gary Rodin, and Rebecca Wong

Invited Speakers: Robin Fainsinger, Camilla Zimmermann, Per Sjøgren,Jon Håvard...

Access to assisted dying by people with mental illnesses

Here is Dr. Scott Kim, psychiatrist and bioethicist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), presenting his research on medical assisted death in patients with non-terminal conditions and psychiatric disorders in the Netherlands. The research adds empirical evidence to the debate about assisted dying, particularly concerning vulnerable persons or people with mental health issues.

Dr. Kim was the featured speaker at the Open Conversation about Assisted Dying, an event hosted by GIPPEC along with the Institute of Health Policy, Management and...

Assisted dying is not Palliative Care

Echoing the view of Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association, GIPPEC urges the public not to confuse assisted dying with palliative care.

While it's true that palliative care advocates believe in choices - people need to know their end-of-life options, and they need to know them ahead of time, having choices does not only mean choosing whether to receive assisted death or not. Assisted dying is simply one of the many choices people...

Jennifer Gibson on the proposed legislation on Medical Assistance In Dying

On May 5th, 2016, Dr. Jennifer Gibson provided a testimony at the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on the proposed legislation of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)

In her testimony, Dr. Gibson discusses how the legislation excludes several groups from accessing MAID, namely, mature minors, competent persons enduring intolerable suffering due to mental illness, and competent persons seeking to make an advanced request for MAID.

Opponents to this view have argued that these exclusions are necessary to protect vulnerable persons....

Role of Nursing in Palliative Care

On the National Nurses Week in Canada, our GIPPEC fellow, Shan Mohammed, RN, PhD, discusses the role of nursing in palliative care. 

Congrats to Anja Mehnert

Congrats to Anja Mehnert on receiving an award for clinical research at the German Cancer Congress. It is the first of its kind to go to a mental health researcher. 

Open Conversation about Physician Assisted Dying

On Feb 20, the Global Institute Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care, the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and the Faculty of Law, of the University of Toronto hosted the “Conversation on Physician Assisted Dying". The event is organized to stimulate discussion about some of the challenges in implementing Physician Assisted Dying (PAD) in Canada.

The featured speaker of the event, Dr. Scott Kim, a psychiatrist-bioethicist of the University of Michigan and the U.S. National Institutes of Health,...

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