Medical Assistance in Dying: An Aging Population and End of Life Choices - Stapleford Lecture

Dr. Lilian Thorpe, MD, PhD, FRCP

As the population ages there has been increasing focus on the end of life, including discontinuation of interventions no longer bringing benefit, improving care, and most recently allowing patients to access a medically assisted death. This has brought with it major clinical, legal, and ethical challenges, with highly polarized debate at many levels of society. This presentation from a geriatric psychiatrist will place MAID in the continuum of end of life care and explore the difficult balance between autonomy and protection of vulnerable people.

Dr. Thorpe is a geriatric psychiatrist in the Saskatchewan Health Authority and Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine.