PGI Vice-President Michel Bilodeau facilitated a panel discussion on Medical Assistance in Dying as part of the Humanizing Health Care Conference held in Ottawa on October 18 to 20th.

“For decades now, the landscape of health care has been shifting due to factors such as, an aging population, complex care needs, technology, and increasing costs and demands. Health care organizations are challenged with tight budgets and constraints, managing expectations to maintain quality service and coordinated care, and ensuring patients, residents and family are engaged in decisions about their care.” (from www.bruyere.org )

This 3-day conference explored emerging trends and best practices and highlighted innovative ways to build capacity through community engagement, education, research and technology.

The five presenters in the panel facilitated by Mr. Bilodeau discussed how palliative care needs to be provided to all, including those who chose Medical Assistance in Dying, and provided several real life experiences from both caregivers and relatives of patients.

(photo courtesy of Bruyere Continuing Care)

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