Medical Assistance in Dying: Canadian Registry Recommendations

Rose M. Carter, Q.C., Brandyn Rodgerson, Dr. Michael Grace

Abstract


Medical assistance in dying (MAID) is a relatively new phenomenon in Canada, and is therefore a growing area of interest in the legal and medical communities. Research is hampered, however, by the lack of a standardized approach to collecting data on MAID cases. The authors first discuss the importance of having comprehensive data to improving preventative and end-of-life care across Canada. The authors then canvas the existing framework for reporting MAID cases in Canada before noting its deficiencies, most importantly, a lack of comprehensive, nation-wide data collection. The authors then propose a model for national data collection based on the existing Canadian cancer registry system.

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