JCB Task Force Releases Updated Medical Assistance in Dying Policy Template

On October 11, 2016, the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) released the updated Medical Assistance in Dying Policy Template created by the JCB Task Force on Implementing Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). The MAID Policy Template was developed as a resource for Ontario health institutions to aid local planning to address and respond to patient inquiries or requests for medical assistance in dying.

 

Purpose of this document:
This is an update to the previously released draft policy template. The MAID Policy Template is intended for institutions that are participating in MAID and does not address institutional conscientious objection. The policy template seeks to operationalize the ethical principles of accountability, collaboration, dignity, equity, respect, transparency, fidelity and compassion.

 

Due to the evolving information surrounding MAID, this policy template is a working document. It will be updated iteratively as new legislative or regulatory information, including policy direction and resources from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), is released. This version of the policy template is current as of October 11, 2016 and incorporates the following elements: 1) the Supreme Court of Canada's Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) ruling, 2) the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s Medical Assistance in Dying Policy, 3) the College of Nurses of Ontario Guidance on Nurses’ Roles in Medical Assistance in Dying 4) Ontario College of Pharmacy Medical Assistance in Dying Guidance for Pharmacists & Pharmacy Technicians 5) The MOHLTC Medical Assistance in Dying Update: Stakeholder Presentation, week of July 18, 2016 6) The MOHLTC Medical Assistance in Dying Update: Stakeholder Question and Answer Resource, week of Aug. 1, 2016 and 7) the Criminal Code (as amended by Bill C-14).

 

Get the MAID Policy Template. pdf link

 


 

JCB MAID Implementation Task Force Members (listed alphabetically)
(Current as of October 11, 2016)

Michelle Allain, MSc – Bioethicist, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
Peter Allatt, PhD – Clinical Ethicist, Mt. Sinai Health System
(Co-chair) Sally Bean, JD, MA – Director of Ethics Centre & Policy Advisor, Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Jennifer Bell, PhD, MA – Bioethicist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Cecile Bensimon, MA, PhD – Director, Canadian Medical Association Office of Ethics
Monica Branigan, MD, MHSc (Bioethics) – Physician, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, and Mount Sinai Health System
Jonathan Breslin, PhD – Ethicist, Mackenzie Health and Southlake Regional Health Centre
Kristine Connidis, SJD, Dip.An.Psych. – Law, Psychology and Psychotherapy
Christopher De Bono, PhD – Vice President of Mission, Ethics & Spirituality, Providence Health Care, British Columbia
Justine Dembo, MD – Psychiatrist James Downar, MD, MHSc (Bioethics) – Physician, Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care, Division of Palliative Care, University of Toronto and University Health Network
Carolyn Ells, PhD – Visiting Scholar, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
Karen Faith, BSW, MEd, MSc – Independent bioethics consultant and educator
Tom Foreman, DHCE, MA, MPIA – Assistant Professor University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, Division of Palliative Medicine
Andrea Frolic, PhD – Ethicist, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University Medical Center, and Hamilton Health Sciences
Jennifer Gibson, PhD – Director, Joint Centre for Bioethics, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Dianne Godkin, PhD – Sr. Ethicist, Trillium Health Partners
Mark Handelman, BA, LLB, MHSc (Bioethics) – Lawyer, Practicing health lawyer (Ontario)
(Co-chair) Philip Hébert, MD, PhD – Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Jin Huh – Community worker, caregiver and family representative
Mary Huska, BScN, MHSc (Bioethics) – Clinical Bioethicist/ Manager Spiritual and Religious Care, Health Sciences North
Rosanna Macri, MRT, MHSc (Bioethics) – Ethicist, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Malcolm McFarlane – Community worker, caregiver and family representative
Alice Melcov – Legal & Policy Advisor, Ontario Hospital Association
Lauren Notini, PhD – Clinical & Organizational Ethics Fellow, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
Jill Oliver, PhD – Ethicist, William Osler Health Science Centre
Angel Petropanagos, PhD – Visiting Scholar, Joint Centre for Bioethics
Melissa Prokopy – Director, Legislative, Legal and Professional Issues, Ontario Hospital Association
Kevin Reel, MSc, OT Reg (Ont) – Ethicist, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, and Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre
Ruby Shanker, MBBS, MHSc (Bioethics) – Clinical & Organizational Ethics Fellow, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
Rob Sibbald – MSc Ethicist, London Health Sciences Centre
Maxwell J. Smith, MSc, PhD – Ethicist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and North York General Hospital
Frank Wagner, MA, MHSc (Bioethics) – Ethicist, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences