MAID and COVID-19: Impacts of the pandemic on end-of-life choices

During the June 24, 2020 webinar "MAID and COVID-19: Impacts of the pandemic on end-of-life choices" we spoke with three MAID providers from across Canada and heard about the successes and challenges related to providing end-of-life choice during the time of COVID-19.

Our speakers were:

  • Erica Maynard, RN has been a MAID assessor/provider since 2016 and works in primary and seniors’ care as a Nurse Practitioner. She has a keen interest in chronic disease management, seniors, and end-of-life care.
  • Dr. Ellen Wiebe is a Clinical Professor at University of British Columbia. After 30 years of full-service family practice, she now restricts her practice to women’s health and assisted death. She provides consultations for doctors and patients about medical aid in dying and provides assisted death through Hemlock Aid.
  • Dr. Susan Woolhouse is a family physician in Toronto, Ontario with the Inner City Health Associates. She provides medical assistance in dying (MAID) and has a small grief therapy practice for children and teens.

The panel reflected on the past four months and discussed how MAID access and delivery might be improved or more patient-centred. What issues related to healthcare access has COVID exposed, and how might these lessons connect to MAID? How have their experiences as MAID providers changed over the past few months? What feedback are patients and their family members sharing during the pandemic?

This panel was moderated by Maureen Aslin, Education Manager at Dying With Dignity Canada.

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