Challenging Issues Panel
September 21st, 2019
13:45 — 15:15
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
- Dr. David Henderson, Senior Medical Director, Integrated Palliative Care at Nova Scotia Health Authority
- Maryse Bouvette, Palliative Care Advanced Practice Nurse
- Others TBD
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 residential 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 a residential hospice position that has decided to review their ongoing position; the perspective of a palliative care physician and a third speaker from a palliative care program still to be determined.
This is an opportunity to discuss experiences with MAiD and HPC and the outcomes on the delivery of Hospice Palliative Care.