Homeless deserve end-of-life care, but aren’t getting it

On August 6, 2016 the Times Colonist printed the story of a medically-fragile Indigenous man who was discharged from the Victoria General hospital with nowhere to recover from surgery except on a shelter mat or on the street after doctors removed his gallbladder.

In an op-ed printed in the Times Colonist (August 14 2016), Dr. Kelli Stajduhar and Ashley Mollison highlight the barriers to end-of-life care for homeless people as seen in emerging findings of the Equitable Access to Care (EAC) study, and promote the important work of the Palliative Outreach Resource Team (PORT) in Victoria, BC. The barriers to care that Mr. Provost has experienced including poverty, racism, and stigma, are the same barriers experienced by many of the participants in the EAC study as they approach end-of-life. Thank you to Mr. Provost for sharing his story and to the outreach workers who supported him to tell his story, and who continue to care for many others who are still ill on the streets of Victoria.

Kelli Stajduhar was also interviewed by Gregor Craigie for CBC's On the Island radio show on August 15, 2016. A recording of the interview is available on CBC's website.

Read Kelli and Ashley's op-ed on the Times Colonist website.

Read the CBC news story: Dying on the streets: UVic study examines palliative care for the homeless