Kelli Stajduhar: The real conversation about death and why we need to have it


Kelli Stajduhar, iPANEL academic lead, has an op-ed in today's Vancouver Sun: The real conversation about death and why we need to have it.

A deadline looms for the Canadian government to change our law on physician-assisted suicide. So it's no surprise that this method of dying, with its deep, polarizing moral questions, is grabbing the headlines.

But few of us will choose it. What we need to talk about is how the vast majority of us will die. We're all going to do this eventually, mostly from age-related causes such as heart and lung disease, cancers and/or dementia. About seven in 10 Canadians will die in hospitals and care homes, without access to the kind of care that would help us live longer and more comfortably than with medical intervention alone.

The crucial discussion we're avoiding is about palliative care. Why is it so far off the public agenda, given it offers us a better way to die?

Proceed with Care: UBC Nursing Rounds Presentation by Dr. Patricia Rodney


proceed with careDr Patricia (Paddy) Rodney gave this presentation at the UBC Nursing Rounds on April 26, 2016: Proceed with Care: Challenges in End of Life Care in the Context of Physician Assisted Death: Empirical, Ethical, and Policy Reflections.

This is a great presentation on medical aid in dying from a nursing perspective.

The recorded presentation can be found on Vimeo. Slides can be downloaded from the UBC School of Nursing website.

Dr Rodney was also a guest on the CBC Early Edition on April 26 (interview begins as 02:11:17 time mark).

Improving End-of-Life Care for British Columbians


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The Select Standing Committee on Health (5th session) of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia has released its report, Improving End-of-Life Care for British Columbians (1MB PDF).

iPANEL submitted a report in December 2014, and presented to the committee in-person in April 2015. We are thrilled to see that iPANEL's work is mentioned several times throughout the report!



Congratulations to Kara Schick-Makaroff!


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The iPANEL team congratulates Kara Schick-Makaroff, who recently received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Alberta Nursing Graduate Students Association! Kara was nominated for this award by her students. She is a new faculty member with the University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing.

Congratulations, Kara!



Kelli Stajduhar discusses the parliamentary Medical Assistance in Dying Report


Kelli Stajduhar, iPANEL academic lead investigator, was a guest on CFAX 1070 radio on Friday, February 26, 2016, discussing the parliamentary Medical Assistance in Dying: A Patient-Centred Approach report.

Listen on SoundCloud (interview begins at 48:25).


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