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Memorial service for Cathy Charles to be held Nov. 21

10 Nov 2015

CHEPA's faculty, staff and students are mourning the death on Nov. 9 of Cathy Charles, a Professor Emeritus in McMaster’s Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and at CHEPA, which she joined in 1989. She had lived with lung disease for many years.

Charles's research covered a broad range of topics including patient participation in treatment and health care decision-making; physician- patient communication and treatment decision-making, and the use of research information to improve decision-making in health care.

Charles's obituary notes that her collaboration with colleagues Amiram Gafni and Tim Whelan produced groundbreaking research to improve shared decision-making in healthcare, and their work on the concepts around the physician-patient encounter has been widely published, including a paper that is now one of the most cited works in its field.

She had a particular interest in qualitative research methods, which she taught for many years at the graduate level.

A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday Nov. 21 in Toronto at the Humphrey Funeral Home, A.W. Miles-Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Ave. (south of Danforth Ave) at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, consider becoming an organ donor. Go to to register.

If desired, donations in memory of Cathy Charles may be sent to the Lung Transplant Program at the Toronto General Hospital, c/o Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, R. Fraser Elliott Building, 5th Floor, 5S-801, 190 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, ON, M5G 2C4.

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