General Sub-questions and Topic Area Questions

General Subquestions:

  • What are the potential implications for individuals and other affected persons, including their families, care providers, and health professionals, related to MAID for the three topic areas?
  • What are the potential impacts on society of permitting or prohibiting requests for MAID for the three topic areas? 1
  • What are the potential risks and safeguards that might be considered related to MAID for the three topic areas?
  • What are the relevant gaps in domestic and international knowledge and research related to MAID for the three topic areas?

1 For example, suicide prevention strategies and medical response; availability and efficacy of palliative care, dementia-related, and mental health services and supports; risks to vulnerable populations; discrimination and stigma related to chronological age, dementia and related illnesses, and mental illness; risks of inducements.

Topic Area Questions:

     Requests for MAID by Mature Minors

  • What is the impact of chronological age on the legal capacity to request and consent to MAID?
  • What are the unique considerations related to mature minors requesting MAID (e.g., mature minors vs. adults and MAID vs. other healthcare decisions)?

     Advance Requests for MAID

  • How is an advance request for MAID similar to or different from advance directives for health care under existing provincial/territorial regimes?
  • What are the unique considerations to be taken into account depending on when an advance request is made?2

2 That is: 1) before diagnosis; 2) after diagnosis but before onset of suffering; 3) after all of the eligibility criteria and procedural safeguards have been met, except for the 10 day waiting period and the reconfirmation immediately prior to provision of MAID. 

     Requests for MAID Where Mental Illness is the Sole Underlying Medical Condition3

  • What is the impact of mental illness in its different forms on an individual’s legal capacity to request and consent to MAID?
  • What are the unique considerations related to individuals living with mental illness (including mature minors) requesting MAID where the mental illness is the sole underlying medical condition?4

3 For certainty, the study is concerned with requests where mental illness is the sole underlying medical condition does not include circumstances where a person with a mental illness is eligible under the existing law.

4 Both in communities or institutions

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