The Centre for Social Science Research and Policy is proud to present Dr. Laura Funk, “Where would Canadians prefer to die? A mixed methods policy research study.” Dr. Funk will be presenting findings from her team’s research funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Increasingly, provincial governments across Canada hope to increase proportions of home deaths. Our interdisciplinary research team analyzed multiple forms and types of data to explore public preferences for dying at home and other locations, and to unpack the complexity and variation of social meanings associated with dying at home. In this talk, Dr. Funk will provide an overview of the key findings from this study, which highlights gaps in how public policies understand this issue. In particular, dying at home narratives in the policy/public sphere can obscure the contingent, relational nature of EOL location preferences, by idealizing dying at home with a simplistic understanding of what is involved, and obscuring not only the impacts on caregivers, but also the inequities shaping experiences of dying at home and whether or not we have a choice.
Laura Funk is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and Research Affiliate with the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba. For more information about Dr. Funk’s research please visit laurafunk.ca .
The CSSRP Social Science Speakers Series highlights outstanding social science research at the University of Manitoba and creates opportunities for social scientists–both students and faculty–to learn about one another’s research. For more information on the Centre for Social Science Research and Policy, visit https://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/cssrp/index.html.
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