Category Death & Assisted Dying
Dawn Curran urges the new Federal Government to amend Canadian legislation on medical assistance in dying to permit advance requests.
Barbara Pesut and Sally Thorne describe the experiences of nurses involved in medical assistance in dying.
Richard Maundrell revisits the definition of death in light of new research suggesting the possibility of consciousness after a diagnosis of brain death.
Sally Bean summarizes the recent expert report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada and suggests that a legislative amendment is unlikely until compelling evidence exists or a common law ruling requires it.
Letitia Meynell considers a critique of advance directives for medical assistance in dying and suggests that the wishes of capable persons for their future incapable selves should be respected.
Jocelyn Downie suggests that nurse practitioners can and should initiate discussions about medical assistance in dying with patients for whom it may be an option.
Valentina Romano reasons that allowing future-oriented medical assistance in dying requests by persons with dementia may be at odds with respecting their personhood.