Challenging Issues Panel
September 21st, 2019
13:45 — 15:15
Newbridge I (Simultaneous Interpretation Provided)
DEFINING THE ROLE OF HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE (HPC) AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING (MAID) IN OUR PROGRAMS: A DYNAMIC AND RESPECTFUL DISCUSSION
Sharon Baxter, Executive Director, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
- David Henderson, Senior Medical Director, Integrated Palliative Care at Nova Scotia Health Authority
- Maryse Bouvette, Palliative Care Advanced Practice Nurse
- Helena Daudt, PhD, Director, Education and Research, Victoria Hospice
In June 2016 when MAiD was legalized in Canada many of the HPC programs stated they would not have “Hastened Death” on site as they clearly distinguished the provision of HPC from the delivery of MAiD. Most of the HPC community aligns with the WHO definition of HPC – that hospice palliative care “does not prolong or hasten death”. In practice, some hospices and HPC programs do find themselves having MAiD performed on site.
Has our position changed over time? Or, is the provision of Hospice Palliative Care, as defined by the WHO, being challenged by the introduction of MAiD?
The speakers will represent perspectives from Hospice Palliative Care within the reality of their clinical work as a palliative care physician and a palliative care nurse and as a researcher in the field of palliative care.
This is an opportunity to discuss experiences with MAiD and HPC and the outcomes on the delivery of Hospice Palliative Care.
- Discuss experiences with MAiD and HPC and the outcomes of delivery of Hospice Palliative Care.
- Explore the role of HPC programs in MAiD while being mindful of the WHO definition of Hospice Palliative Care.
- Examine the evolution of MAiD delivery within Canada in relation to what Hospice Palliative Care programs and services currently provide.