Most Caregivers Favour Assisted Dying for Alzheimer’s Patients: Survey

October 2, 2017

(Montreal Gazette) – In the first study of its kind in Canada, an overwhelming majority of Quebec caregivers say they’re in favour of extending medical assistance in dying to those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The survey by Université de Sherbrooke epidemiologist Gina Bravo found that 91 per cent of respondents support the idea of assisted dying for individuals suffering from dementia who are at the terminal state of their illness, showing signs of distress and who have an advance written directive. What’s more, 72 per cent said they were for assisted dying even for Alzheimer’s patients who did not sign a written directive before their illness.

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