Interviews with 32 doctors who provided voluntary assisted dying services in Victoria found layers of bureaucracy made it difficult for patients to access the system. Some died while waiting.
Palliative care is about living well and meeting patients’ goals, but referral can be more complex than access to medical assistance in dying (MAID). Palliative care should be as accessible as MAID.
The case for letting people go gentle into that good night.
A neuroscientist and a clinician watched two new films about dementia. They recognised what they saw.
Terminally ill research participants wanted to have the option of assisted dying if they needed it, and felt they knew best when the time was right for them to die.
The only chaplain in the COVID-19 section of a Montréal hospital offers spiritual care to patients and families, as well to staff, who have found themselves more intimately exposed to life and death.
In the 10 years leading up to 2016, the rate of prisoner mortality rose by 15%. End-of-life options can be limited for inmates.
Lack of training and skills among those who work in the area may lead to LGBT people receiving poorer palliative care.
Even the most considered medical phrases require careful reflection.
Many people might want to choose how, when, and under what circumstances they die – but diseases like dementia can complicate advance euthanasia directives.
Formally planning ahead in case of illness or injury can provide you a voice when you may no longer have one - here’s our guide
Western Australia might soon become the second state in Australia to legalise voluntary assisted dying. Its proposed law draws on the Victorian model, but has some important differences, too.
While 92% of adults feel that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important, only 32% have actually done so.
As we sit on the cusp of voluntary assisted dying becoming legal in Victoria, we expect it won’t always be simple for people who want it to access it – at least in the legislation’s early days.
The debate over Mr. Vincent Lambert’s decision to discontinue his care overshadowed equally important judicial and ethical issues. A look back at a complex situation that will set a precedent.
One of the great success stories in healthcare, a quarter of the UK hospice sector is said to be close to collapse.
There is a gap in most people’s knowledge – experiential poverty – about how to deal with death.
You’ve more than likely heard of birth doulas. But nowadays, death doulas are providing support at the end of life. How they fit into existing structures of care remains to be understood.
In the final days of life, it may be too late to choose how you want to die, who you want to be cared by, and how you’d like your symptoms managed.
In England, each home is given a rating against five questions: is it safe, is it effective, is it responsive, it is caring and is it well led?