The results of the first portion of a study about attitudes toward medical assistance in dying and caregivers in Quebec were finally made public. The information was released as per invitation of Professor Gina Bravo by the Federation of Quebec Alzheimer societies (FQAS). Gina Bravo, a researcher at the research center on aging of the CIUSS de l’Estrie, and part of the department of medicine and life sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke, examined the thoughts of caregivers on the issue of extending medical assistance to the dying and/or incapacitated persons. Over half a million Quebecers are part of the daily fight against dementia, with over 140,000 persons living with Alzheimer’s or another neurodegenerative disease. This is what caused the push for Bravo’s results to be made public. Involving 306 caregivers, 220 women and 86 men, with collection of data done by 12 Alzheimer societies across Quebec, the study titled “Extending medical assistance in dying to incapacitated persons: what do caregivers in Quebec think?” was written with staggering results. It was found that 91% of the participants believed in the idea of extending, at the terminal stage, medical assistance in dying to incapacitated persons with a written directive and 72% favoured the idea regardless. This was the case for all respondents no matter their age, country of origin, sex, ethnicity, level of education, or socio-economic status.
AUTHOR: CNW Group
DATE RETRIEVED: September 29th, 2017