End-of-Life Care in Rural Settings

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End-of-Life Care in Rural Settings

For some communities, specifically those in rural settings, access to quality end-of-life care can be a challenge. On Tuesday, February 27, Dying With Dignity Canada was joined by physicians Lindsay Campbell and Sarah Gower to discuss how rural patients and their loved ones can navigate challenges in end-of-life care in their region.

Dr. Lindsay Campbell is a family physician working in a remote community in the Yukon called Watson Lake. She first became interested in palliative care during medical school while doing an elective in Cape Breton Island. Her integrated family medicine residency program allowed for her to do weekly home palliative visits throughout her first year. Soon after graduating she started working in the Westview Hospice and as a hospitalist then later joined the northern Alberta MAiD team. She continues to provide both in hospital and at home palliative care and MAID in the Yukon.

Dr. Sarah Gower has been practising comprehensive family medicine that includes office care, full-spectrum palliative care, obstetrics and in-patient care. Initially working in many small communities across northern and rural Ontario, she also spent time teaching at Queen’s University before starting her practice in Elora, Ontario in 2009. She was chosen as one of seven Ontario College Regional Family Physicians of the Year in 2021, and is an associate clinical professor with the McMaster Department of Family Medicine. Most recently, she is co-chair of the Board of Directors of the inaugural Aboyne Rural Hospice, a long-term passion project to bring hospice care including MAiD to her rural community.

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