Theme 4. The “How to” stream
After attending this presentation participants will:
In June 2016, the Hamilton Family Health Team began collaborating with community partners to develop a comprehensive Primary Care response to community based requests for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD).
Our Interprofessional Health Provider (IHP) support team develops and shares educational materials for clinicians, patients and families, and the broader community at large. The clinical response team receives specific MAiD requests from across the community, and works closely with family physicians to ensure that assessors, providers, system navigators and supporting IHP are available as needed to fulfill individual requests.
We are gradually increasing our team of dedicated assessors and providers through supportive mentoring opportunities, and also work closely with the LHIN, Home and Community Care, neighbouring Family Health Teams, and the Hamilton Health Sciences hospital based Assisted Dying Resource and Assessment team to ensure a seamless delivery of care across healthcare sectors. More recently, the team has begun working with the MOHLTC Care Co-ordination Service to repatriate Hamilton MAiD requests back to our local service as appropriate.
This patient-centred, capacity building model ensures not only that requests are heard and responded to efficiently and compassionately, but also that care is delivered within regulations set by legislation; in a model that respects the rights of individuals to conscientiously object to any aspect of the work and still provide an excellent patient experience.