The Health Law Institute is widely recognized for the quality and impact of its research. Numerous grants, contracts, and awards have been received by Institute members, enabling the Institute to focus on topics such as research involving humans, end of life treatment policy and practice, patient safety, privacy and confidentiality of health information, and public health emergencies.
A Sample of our Research Projects:
End-of-Life Law and Policy
A website was recently updated and expanded to address end-of-life law and policy in Canada. There's information about advance directives, potentially life-shortening symptom relief, the withholding and withdrawal of potentially life-sustaining treatment, terminal sedation, assisted suicide, and euthanasia. There are explanations of the law on various aspects of end-of-life care, answers to "Frequently Asked Questions," and links to related sites with other useful information. Visit the End-of-Life Law and Policy website.
This Health Canada funded research project on governance and patient safety was conducted by a multidisciplinary team of researchers. The project examined how governments in Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States use law to improve patient safety in order to make recommendations for law reform and further research in Canada. Learn more about the Patient Safety project.
The Nova Scotia Regulated Health Professions Network exists to improve health professional regulation in the Nova Scotia health care system through collaboration among health professional regulators, of which Nova Scotia (and other provinces) has more than twenty. The Network's Working Group on Collaborative Self-Regulation, which included the Department of Health, tackled the tension between a regulatory system that defines accountability largely within distinct professions and a health care system that increasingly depends on interprofessional collaboration. Learn more about the Collaborative Self-Regulation project.