Assisted dying is not Palliative Care

Echoing the view of Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association, GIPPEC urges the public not to confuse assisted dying with palliative care.

While it's true that palliative care advocates believe in choices - people need to know their end-of-life options, and they need to know them ahead of time, having choices does not only mean choosing whether to receive assisted death or not. Assisted dying is simply one of the many choices people...

Jennifer Gibson on the proposed legislation on Medical Assistance In Dying

On May 5th, 2016, Dr. Jennifer Gibson provided a testimony at the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on the proposed legislation of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)

In her testimony, Dr. Gibson discusses how the legislation excludes several groups from accessing MAID, namely, mature minors, competent persons enduring intolerable suffering due to mental illness, and competent persons seeking to make an advanced request for MAID.

Opponents to this view have argued that these exclusions are necessary to protect vulnerable persons....

Role of Nursing in Palliative Care

On the National Nurses Week in Canada, our GIPPEC fellow, Shan Mohammed, RN, PhD, discusses the role of nursing in palliative care. 

Open Conversation about Physician Assisted Dying

On Feb 20, the Global Institute Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care, the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and the Faculty of Law, of the University of Toronto hosted the “Conversation on Physician Assisted Dying". The event is organized to stimulate discussion about some of the challenges in implementing Physician Assisted Dying (PAD) in Canada.

The featured speaker of the event, Dr. Scott Kim, a psychiatrist-bioethicist of the University of Michigan and the U.S. National Institutes of Health,...

GIPPEC's Learning Platform Launched

GIPPEC has launched its educational platform at Currently, it is hosting a training module on conducting the Quality of Death and Dying Questionnaire and the Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM) Workshop.

More educational modules are underway. Stay tuned! 

GIPPEC is filming

GIPPEC is working with our partners, Dr. Faith Mwangi Powell and Richard Powell, on a research project, measuring the quality of death and dying in the Kenyan hospices. Here we are filming to create elearning modules for training researchers to administer the questionnaire and collect data for the research. 


On Advance Care Planning and Sense of Control

As part of our tribute to David Bowie, we did a series of interviews with Dr. Gary Rodin, asking him questions about terminal illness, creativity, advance care planning, and post-traumatic growth. In this video, he talked about advance care planning and the sense of control in the following. 

Question: Anne Neumann, author of The Good Death, argues that the well-orchestrated death of David Bowie reflects a larger trend of baby boomers wanting to have more control over their lives, opting...

On David Bowie, terminal illness, and creative expression

"David Bowie was secretive about his illness and yet his final video, Lazarus, released several days before his death, reveals a strong desire to share his end-of-life experience. Could you unpack this contradiction for us?"

This was the question we asked Dr. Gary Rodin, the GIPPEC director and the head of the Department of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, as part of our tribute to David Bowie.

More videos on the way. Stay tuned!







Jennifer Gibson on Physician Assisted Deaths

Check out a lively discussion on CBC Current about physician-assisted deaths featuring three speakers. Jennifer Gibson is a GIPPEC executive, director of University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics and co-chair of the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying. Maureen Taylor is a physician assistant at Toronto East General Hospital, former CBC medical journalist, and co-chair of the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory...

Palliative Options of Last Resort: Which Ones, When and Why - Dr. Timothy Quill

Dr. Timothy Quill, a professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Medical Humanities at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a Board certified palliative care consultant in Rochester, New York, presented at the annual GIPPEC (Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative & End of Life) Symposium. The presentation title was "Palliative Options of Last Resort: Which Ones, When and Why". Click here to...

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