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Poster for #HASTalks seminar with Dr. Laura Funk, Professor of Sociology and social gerontologist, University of Manitoba

#HASTalks: Unpacking the complexity of public preferences for and beliefs about dying at home in Canada

Co-hosted with the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging. Laura Funk (she/her), Professor of Sociology and social gerontologist at the University of Manitoba, examines the interface between public policy and peoples’ interpretations of the meaning of dying at home.

Nov 15, 2021


#HASTalks is a seminar series curated by The Department of Health, Aging & Society at McMaster University.

This event is co-hosted with the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging.

Unpacking the complexity of public preferences for and beliefs about dying at home in Canada

Home death has been characterized as an indicator of the quality of Canada’s health care system, and is often assumed to universally reflect public preferences. In its ideal form, dying at home after terminal diagnoses is linked by advocates to concepts of reclamation, personhood and control, and social integration. Our team’s research suggests that home is not a universally preferred place of dying for older adults, and that preferences vary depending on specific scenarios. Policy makers, stakeholders and other experts noted that the public may not be fully aware of the end-of-life support that may be required of family, and stakeholders expressed concerns about structural inequities in access to care. Qualitative interviews also revealed contingent and nuanced interpretations of the meaning of home as well as family responsibility. As the COVID-19 pandemic has constrained decision-making about place of death, findings from this study challenge universalistic assumptions about public preferences in public policy and reinforce the ongoing need for public investment in hospices and institutional care settings alongside home-based palliative care.

Date:  November 16, 2021
Time:  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm (ET)
Online Session:  Register for this event

ALL are welcome to attend this FREE virtual session!

Please note: This session may be recorded. Please be aware that any materials entered, exchanged, or viewed by participants during the session may be recorded.

View poster: Unpacking the complexity of public preferences for and beliefs about dying at home in Canada