Can patients be at risk of self-harm after being found ineligible for a medically-assisted death?

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  • Kathy kastner says:

    Adding this excellent research: Care Considerations in a Patient- and Family-Centered Medical Assistance in Dying Program :”exploring and validating the emotional journey, navigating the uncertain, judgmental experiences, and the emotional impact on families and the care team. Physical PFCC considerations included: sensitivity in eligibility assessments, weaving in interdisciplinary care, provision of anticipatory guidance, and death location. Spiritual PFCC considerations included: honoring choice, listening to life stories, supporting spiritual needs, and acknowledging loss”.

  • Dhruv Nayyar says:

    Thank you for this article. These situations at the intersection of mental health and MAiD take very careful reflection to navigate ethically and compassionately. I do hope the individual who sent in this question finds that their Uncle is well supported through this process, regardless of the outcome.

    We reflected on a particularly challenging request in the early days after MAiD had been legalized in Ontario:

    “Request for medical assistance in dying after a suicide attempt in a 75-year-old man with pancreatic adenocarcinoma”


Paul Taylor


Paul Taylor is a health journalist and former Patient Navigation Advisor at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where he provided advice and answered questions from patients and their families. Paul will continue to write occasional columns for Healthy Debate.

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