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What should I know about medical aid in dying?

In June 2014, the National Assembly of Quebec adopted the Act Respecting End-of-Life Care. With this Act, the Quebec government introduced medical aid in dying; a first in Canada. Consultations and public debates that preceded the adoption of the Act highlighted that members of the public, patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals needed information. In addition, the implementation of medical aid in dying is expected to bring significant changes in the relationship between patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

In the spring of 2016, the Partnership Lab hosted two forums entitled “What should we know about medical aid in dying?”. The purpose of these forums was to bring together members of the public (including patients and caregivers) as well as health professionals from different regions of Quebec to answer the following two questions:

  • What are the information needs of members of the public and health professionals regarding medical aid in dying?
  • What factors can facilitate or constrain partnership between patients, caregivers and health professionals in the context of requests for medical aid in dying?
Couverture du rapport "Que doit-on savoir sur l'aide médicale à mourir?"

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