CFPC releases a guidance document on ethical reflections in matters of physician-assisted dying

October 28, 2015

(October 28, 2015, Mississauga, ON) In response to the recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is proud to release a guidance document that will assist family physicians in addressing requests for medical aid in dying.

A Guide for Reflection on Ethical Issues Concerning Assisted Suicide and Voluntary Euthanasia was created by the CFPC Task Force on End-of-Life Care and aims to address the many complex issues concerning assisted dying including patient autonomy, dignity, and the right to conscientious objection.

“Whether or not the Supreme Court decision results in legislation, this will be a new policy landscape for family physicians and they are looking for guidance” says CFPC’s End-of-Life Taskforce Chair, William Sullivan, MD, CCFP, PhD. “While the specifics of the legislation remain to be determined – the guide offers advice and relfective guidance on a complex, controversial, and emotional issue.”

Family physicians bring a variety of perspectives and approaches to their clinical practices, but all agree that the ethical deliberations involved should always be undertaken with due diligence and care. This guide was created as a resource to support our members in their respective practices.

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The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) represents more than 35,000 members across the country. It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training, certification and lifelong education of family physicians. The College provides quality services and programs, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine. The CFPC accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools.


Jayne Johnston
Director, Communications
College of Family Physicians of Canada
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