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End-of-life care issues in Canada

Strategic session 


Dr. David Gass, Chair CMA Committee on Ethics
Eric van Wijlick, senior policy advisor, Royal Dutch Medical Association
Dr. Angela Genge, Distinguished Clinical Investigator, Novartis Global
Dr. Scott Wooder, Past President, Ontario Medical Association

This session is presented in Committee of the Whole to allow open, in-depth discussion as part of CMA’s National Dialogue on end-of-life care issues. Through presentations, a moderated panel and interaction with guest panel members, this session:

  • explores expert perspectives on emerging issues related to end-of-life care, in Canada and internationally
  • discusses key strategic questions related to:
    • palliative care and how to facilitate its access
    • whether the current CMA policy on euthanasia and assisted dying be revised
    • how the medical profession should respond if should the law in Canada is changed to make euthanasia or assisted suicide legal 
  • provides input and direction regarding Canadian physicians’ role views on the physician role with respect to end-of life issues

  Strategic questions  

  • Do your patients have access to adequate palliative care services?
  • If not, what needs to be done to facilitate this access? 
  • Should the CMA revise its current policy on euthanasia and physician-assisted death?
  • If the law is changed in Canada to make euthanasia or assisted death legal, how should the medical profession respond?
  • If access to palliative care services was universal, would it eliminate the need for euthanasia and assisted death?

This event is an Accredited Learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for 16.5.  This program has been reviewed and approved by the University of Ottawa, Office of Continuing Professional Development.

This program has been accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 16 Mainpro-M1 credits.