The Walrus

Why quality of life matters, even in your final hours. With right-to-die legislation offering a new way out of pain, what’s the role of palliative care today?

The needs of patients living their last days have long been neglected. This article describes the evolution of end-of-life care over the years and the importance of putting the patient at the heart of the medical approach in an end-of-life context. This includes the work of Balfour Mount, a pioneer in palliative care.

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(In French) The Maison Michel-Sarrazin care day centre experience : An approach centered on the sick person and his family

Pour la majorité d’entre nous, une offre de soins palliatifs et de fin de vie réfère à l’accompagnement et des soins dans un lit en milieu hospitalier ou en maison de soins palliatifs. Il existe cependant d’autres modèles de soins originaux qui méritent d’être reconnus. C’est de l’une de ces expériences dont il est question dans ce texte, soit celle du centre de jour en soins palliatifs de la Maison Michel-Sarrazin.



Right to Care: Palliative care for all Canadians

This report by the Canadian Cancer Society highlights major gaps in care and the barriers Canadians face when accessing quality palliative care at the time that they need it. It is informed by several reports, academic research articles, websites and discussions with palliative care experts. It outlines the importance of palliative care in healthcare delivery, and in particular, for Canadians dealing with cancer.



The 2015 Quality of Death Index – Ranking palliative care across the world

This report by the The Economist Intelligence Unit assesses palliative care of 80 different countries, in terms of: the palliative and healthcare environment, human resources, the affordability of care, the quality of care, and the level of community engagement.

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Soins palliatifs et de fin de vie – Plan de développement 2015-2010 (French only)

This document describes the Government of Quebec’s five-year plan to develop and improve palliative and end-of-life care in the province.



FactSheet: Hospice Palliative Care in Canada

This report published in March 2014 by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association summarizes a host of important statistics about palliative care in Canada and the results of surveys of Canadians on this topic.



Bill 52 – An Act respecting end-of-life care

The purpose of this Act is to ensure that end-of-life patients are provided care that is respectful of their dignity and their autonomy and to recognize the primacy of wishes expressed freely and clearly with respect to end-of-life care. The Act specifies rights with respect to end-of-life care, in particular by affirming the right of everyone to end-of-life care that is appropriate to their needs.


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