Clinical and sociodemographic characteristics associated with medical assistance in dying among Alberta cancer patients

C3

Paula Brindley Session

 

Speaker(s)

K. Brooke Russell, Claire Link, Siwei Qi, Andrea Delure, Linda Watson, Brian Kelly, James Silvius, Fiona Schulte, Barry D. Bultz

 

Abstract/Description

The decision of cancer patients to seek medical assistance in dying (MAID) is complex and may be influenced by clinical and sociodemographic factors. This study found that age at diagnosis and death, comorbidities, and birth country influenced the likelihood to receive MAID. However further research is required to better understand these impacts and identify individuals who may benefit from increased psychosocial and palliative support.

 

Objectives

1. To understand the clinical and sociodemographic characteristics of Albertans who underwent MAID death compared to those who had a non-MAID death

2. To explore clinical and sociodemographic factors associated with the decision to undergo MAID

3. To discuss future research directions needed to identify individuals who may benefit from increased psychosocial and palliative support

 

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