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New Report--End-of-life Care in Canada: “Death Is Natural,” Cardus Health

When asked to think about their end-of-life planning, 75% of Canadians express a desire to die in their own homes. Yet in actual fact, 70% of Canadians die in hospital. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a new Nanos Research poll, commissioned by Hamilton-based think tank Cardus, showed that 73% of Canadians fear their end-of-life wishes will not be respected in whatever setting they pass their final days.

The research team at Cardus believes there are ways to alleviate that fear. Building on good work done by the 2011 Parliamentary Committee and hundreds of excellent organizations in this field, the think tank is releasing a report entitled “Death Is Natural.”

In “Death Is Natural,” Cardus Health is advancing research on Canadian end-of-life care by examining three aspects of the subject:

  1. The need to build a social system that supports the desire of Canadians for a natural death—dying of natural causes in natural environments surrounded by natural caregivers.
  2. The recognition that not only the patient but also the natural caregivers need to be the focus of support, and thus the full range of social institutions best equipped for natural deaths need to be made more available to more Canadians.
  3. The delivery of care not as a series of difficult choices, but rather as a continuum of care in which there is a seamless continuity of end-of-life care supports and settings.

Cardus has made this report available online, along with more resources and information on the improvement of end-of-life care.

Visit htttp://www.cardus.ca/health for more information about this project.