Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 15(4) October 2012 : 55-61.doi:10.12927/hcq.2013.23191
Healthcare Law

Hospital-Legal Partnership at Toronto Hospital for Sick Children: The First Canadian Experience

Suzanne F. Jackson, Wendy Miller, Lee Ann Chapman, Elizabeth L. Ford-Jones, Emily Ghent and Nikhil Pai


Operating a hospital-legal partnership on a pro bono basis positively impacts patients' families by providing legal assistance for non-medical issues that affect the health of their children and their ability to care for their children. This article describes a formative evaluation of the first hospital-legal partnership in Canada, established at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 2009, which was carried out through file reviews and interviews with staff, lawyers and family members. The early indications of success of this partnership suggest that its use as a template for similar programs at other Canadian healthcare institutions should be considered.



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