Perception of medical assistance in dying among Asian Buddhists living in Montreal, Canada

Dorji, Nidup (Faculty of Human Sciences, Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide, Ethical Issues and End-of- Life Practices, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada ; Department of Public Health, Faculty of Nursing and Public Health, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan) ; Lapierre, Sylvie (Lapierre, Sylvie; Faculty of Human Sciences, Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide, Ethical Issues and End-of-Life Practices, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada ; Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada) ; Castelli Dransart, Dolores Angela (Haute école de travail social HETS Fribourg, HES-SO)

In the Western world including Canada, grievous and irredeemable health conditions, which cause unbearable suffering, has given support to the legalization of medical aid in dying (MAiD). It is unknown how Asian Buddhists who are in contact with the Western culture perceive MAiD. In this qualitative study, 16 Asian Buddhists living in Montreal took part in a semi-structured interview. Contrary to general findings in the literature, religious affiliation do not always determine moral stances and practical decisions when it comes to MAiD. Some participants were willing to take some freedom with the doctrine and based their approval of MAiD on the right to self-determination. Those who disapproved the use of MAiD perceived it as causing unnatural death, creating bad karma, and interfering with a conscious death. End-of-life (EoL) care providers have to remain sensitive to each patient’s spiritual principles and beliefs to understand their needs and choices for EoL care.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Travail social
Branch:
Travail social
School:
HETS-FR
Institute:
Département de Recherche appliquée et développement de la HETS-FR
Subject(s):
Travail social
Date:
2020-08
Pagination:
25 p.
Published in:
Omega, journal of death and dying
Numeration (vol. no.):
To be published
DOI:
ISSN:
0030-2228
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