On May 10, Dying With Dignity Canada was joined by Caitlin Buchel and Dr. Lilian Thorpe to discuss MAID and capacity.
Caitlin Buchel, Speech language pathologist. Caitlin is the owner and managing clinician of Buchel Speech and Language Group, a private speech-language pathology practice in Manitoba. She has been a consulting speech-language pathologist on the provincial Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) team since shortly after its formation in April 2016. Caitlin has been involved in more than 70 MAID cases – facilitating communication between patients and the interdisciplinary MAID team, from eligibility assessments through to provision. Caitlin has created a number of communication tools to support MAID assessment and presented at several venues regarding the role of S-LPs in MAID. She has also contributed to the development of CAMAP guidelines on assessment of capacity for MAID.
Dr. Lilian Thorpe, MAID assessor and provider. Dr. Thorpe is a geriatric psychiatrist with dual academic appointments as Professor of psychiatry and Community Health and Epidemiology at the U of S. Dr. Thorpe spends much of her clinical time performing assessments of capacity in complex patients, but also assesses many patients requesting MAID. She was a member of the Saskatoon Health Region committee which developed the MAID policy, and has now been involved with over 400 assessments and/or clinical MAID provisions throughout the province. Dr. Thorpe has provided MAID related teaching sessions at multiple U of S, Health Authority and conference settings. She is actively involved in MAID related research and publication.