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Survey: "How to Support Family Caregivers in the Context of Legal Assisted-Dying"

You are invited to participate in an anonymous survey titled, "How to Support Family Caregivers in the Context of Legal Assisted-Dying."

The survey, developed by four researchers at the University of Toronto, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy department, aims to gain an impression of how the legalization of physician-assisted death in Canada may affect family caregivers of those who might be eligible to request assisted death.

This study asks for anonymous thoughts on the how the legalization of physcian-assisted death might affect the roles of a family caregiver for someone who is likely facing death or considering a legal request for it due to illness, the impact of these roles on the caregiver’s health and well-being, as well as the caregiver’s potential need for support from the healthcare and social systems.

Most of the physician-assisted death research has focused on the perspectives of terminally-ill individuals themselves, not the perspectives of their caregivers. This project is hoping to understand the perspectives of caregivers on the legalization of physician-assisted death in Canada.

The findings of this study will hopefully lead to recommendations for supporting both patients and caregivers during the dying process in this new legal context so that their goals of care can be fulfilled as closely as they wish.

Click here to complete the survey. The survey will be available online until May 15, 2016.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns that you wish to bring to the principal investigators, please email Kevin Reel at kevin.reel@utoronto.ca or Jill Cameron at jill.cameron@utoronto.ca.