Interpreting Irremediability When a Mental Health Disorder is the Sole-qualifying Medical Condition for MAiD

Canadian Journal of Bioethics / Revue canadienne de bioéthique 5 (4):83-88 (2022)
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Abstract

In this critical commentary, a set of ethical considerations of relevance to the (currently contested) interpretation of irremediability for medical assistance in dying (MAiD) in circumstances where the sole-underlying medical condition is a mental health disorder is explored and analyzed. Based on the application of an ethics lens, a practical description of irremediability is proposed for intended use as guidance by Canadian mental health care clinicians, MAiD assessors and providers, and provincial/territorial professional regulatory authorities.

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