Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics



SPECIAL SECTION: INTERNATIONAL VOICES 2006

Advance Directives in Canada


ALISTER  BROWNE  a1 and BILL  SULLIVAN  a2
a1 Department of Philosophy, Langara College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Hospital, GF Strong & George Pearson Rehabilitation Centres, BC's Children's Hospital, Sunny Hill Hospital, and Burnaby Hospital, and the BC Civil Liberties Association
a2 Guild, Yule & Company LLP, Barristers & Solicitors, Vancouver, British Columbia; University of British Columbia; Vancouver Hospital; and GF Strong & George Pearson Rehabilitation Centres

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Advance directives enable individuals to project their healthcare preferences into a period of anticipated incapacity. With advance directives, individuals can designate whom they would like to have make healthcare decisions for them (proxy directives), or give their healthcare provider advice on what to do (instructional directives), or both. Canada has an unusually wide variety of legislative approaches to advance directives. In what follows we describe and evaluate these, with the aim of pointing the way toward the ideally best legislation and policies on such directives.



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