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Cardus Health is an emerging program advancing research on Canadian end-of-life care through three lenses:

1. Natural Death: We need to build a social system that supports the desire of Canadians for a natural death, which we understand to mean dying of natural causes in our natural environment surrounded by our natural caregivers.

2. Social Architecture: We need to think of this system in terms of more than health, recognizing that not only the patient but also the natural caregivers need to be the focus of support, and thus the full range of social institutions best equipped for natural deaths need to be made more available to more Canadians.

3. Continuum of Care: We need to think of the delivery of care not as a series of alternatives to be chosen between, but rather as a continuum of care in which there is a seamless continuity of end-of-life care supports and settings as our fellow Canadians and their loved ones travel the journey through to the end of their natural lives.

Cardus aims to build on the good work done by the 2011 Parliamentary Committee and the hundreds of good organizations in this field, toward the common goal of bringing the best care to some of the most vulnerable among us.

I'd Like To:

    Download the inaugural Cardus Health report, "Death is Natural"
    Download more resources from Cardus Health
    Read more from other organizations and experts in this field
    Learn more about Cardus

Latest Research in Cardus Health

The growing demand on natural caregivers will require the mobilization of community support systems. Here, some innovative international initiatives that build on community connectivity.

Download Supporting Natural Caregivers: Innovative Ideas from Around the Globe

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