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Medical Assistance in Dying at a paediatric hospital
  1. Carey DeMichelis1,
  2. Randi Zlotnik Shaul2,3,
  3. Adam Rapoport4,5,6
  1. 1Applied Psychology and Human Development, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2Bioethics Department, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  3. 3Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  4. 4Paediatric Advanced Care Team, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  5. 5Emily’s House Children’s Hospice, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  6. 6Departments of Paediatrics and Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Carey DeMichelis, Applied Psychology and Human Development, Joint Centre for Bieothics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, Canada; carey.demichelis{at}mail.utoronto.ca

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  • Contributors RZS, Director of the Department of Bioethics, and AR, Medical Director of Palliative Care/Paediatric Advanced Care Team, were asked to assemble and co-chair an interdisciplinary working group that would develop a policy for responding to requests for MAID at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. They invited CD, a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics, to participate in the working group and to draft the hospital’s policy. Conversations with the interdisciplinary MAID Working Group brought important normative questions to light. These theoretical questions and their practical entailments were drafted into the present paper by CD. All authors provided substantial contributions to the conception of the article. While CD drafted, RZS and AR revised critically for important intellectual content, and all provided final approval of the version being published and agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

  • Funding Funding for this project was provided by The Hospital for Sick Children.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement There is no additional unpublished data from the study.

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  • Contributors RZS, Director of the Department of Bioethics, and AR, Medical Director of Palliative Care/Paediatric Advanced Care Team, were asked to assemble and co-chair an interdisciplinary working group that would develop a policy for responding to requests for MAID at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. They invited CD, a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics, to participate in the working group and to draft the hospital’s policy. Conversations with the interdisciplinary MAID Working Group brought important normative questions to light. These theoretical questions and their practical entailments were drafted into the present paper by CD. All authors provided substantial contributions to the conception of the article. While CD drafted, RZS and AR revised critically for important intellectual content, and all provided final approval of the version being published and agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

  • Funding Funding for this project was provided by The Hospital for Sick Children.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement There is no additional unpublished data from the study.

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