Some of you may have heard of the tragic news from earlier this week regarding palliative care physician Dr. Jennifer Kagan. Dr. Kagan, who practises in Brampton, Ontario, at William Osler Health System, suddenly lost her four year old child, Keira, under distressing circumstances.
As a community, we are all grieving together and our hearts are filled with sorrow. We would like to send our condolences to our colleague, Dr. Kagan, and her family at this time.
(Nov 27, 2019) The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) released a joint statement and call to action regarding the ongoing confusion amongst the general public about Palliative Care and Medical Assistance in Dying.
This statement has been endorsed by international palliative care organizations, including the International Association of Hospice Palliative Care (IAHPC) and the World Hospice Palliative Care Association (WHPCA). It has also been endorsed by the founder of palliative care in Canada, Dr. Balfour Mount, and internationally well-respected palliative care physicians such as Dr. Eduardo Bruera. You can read Dr. Mount’s message here.
On October 18th, 2019, the CMAJ published a response from the CSPCP regarding the article Canadian Guideline for Parkinson Disease. Our response provides clarification about Palliative Care & MAiD. Please share amongst your networks as you see fit.
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