Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street, Room 106
  • February 24, 2016 from 4:10pm to 5:30pm

University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics 2015-16 Seminar Series

Speaker: Kevin Reel, MSc, OT. Reg. (Ont.), Ethicist and Interim Discipline Co-Chief for Occupational Therapy, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Assistant Professor Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy; Faculty, Global Institute for Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care, Assistant Professor and Associate Graduate Faculty Member, Dalla Lana School of Public Health; Associate Member, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto

Title: A Final Enablement? A Survey of Canadian Occupational Therapists’ Perspectives on and their Role in Supporting “Physician-Assisted Death”

Abstract: This seminar presents selected quantitative results of a cross-Canada survey of occupational therapists’ attitudes toward assisted death and their perspectives on potential occupational therapy contributions supporting this practice. The online survey was the first of its kind to gauge the thoughts of occupational therapists and student occupational therapists on the topic of assisting death. Taking the profession’s fundamental values as its starting point, respondents were asked questions relating to a series of client stories representing archetypal scenarios. Responses indicate differing levels of acceptance of the idea of assisted death across the varied stories. Significant support for assisted death exists as well as clear prospects for a role for occupational therapists at various points in the practice of it.