End-of-life care: Maclean’s hosts a national dialogue

Timely talk about an issue of vital importance to all Canadians

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Maclean’s and the Canadian Medical Association travelled to communities across Canada to explore end-of-life issues affecting patients, health care professionals and the country. Check out video highlights further down this page. The national dialogue culminated in a CMA report on end-of-life care released in Ottawa on June 10. We also hosted a live chat with Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, the CMA’s president, on May 5, when he answered many of your thoughtful questions.

 

The report

 


 

The livechat

 


 

The conversations

 
Our first stop was St. John’s on Feb. 20. Next, we headed west to Vancouver on March 24, Whitehorse on April 16, Regina on May 7, and Mississauga, Ont., on May 27. Click the city for video highlights.

Mississauga, ON — May 27

Regina, SK — May 7

Whitehorse, YT — April 16

Vancouver, B.C. — March 24

St. John’s, NL — Feb. 20

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End-of-life care: Maclean’s hosts a national dialogue

  1. Just watching some of previous sessions – commentators are NOT speaking loud enough! Even when I increase my sound on my computer it is not loud enough.

    Also only about 45 seconds is being shown – obviously comments are longer than that. Why not allow us to listen to ALL comments? WILL ACTUAL SESSIONS ON MARCH 24 BE STREAMED FOR COMPLETE SESSION?

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  3. Who can help me formalize a living will?

  4. Simply put I am tired of living, I have no hope to get any better, I suffer from scoliosis, bowel cancer and survived lymphoma. I have outlived two husbands, and buried my only child, I have lived through war, occupation and hardships no one should have to experience. I suffer not alone, but with my family, who have to endure the stress of my inability to do all the things I can no longer do myself. I do not want to be a burden on them. I wish to be able to die in my home, with dignity.

  5. I have a problem with the definition of “artificial nutririon”. I do not believe it is ever licit to withhold food and water, as they are basic necessities of life. These are not medicines, and they are not “treatments”. When a person is actively dying, the body itself rejects food and it is OK not to feed the person, but only to hydrate as much as the body asks for this. Withdrawing food from a person who is not “actively dying”, ie who is merely in a coma or other state where they are unable to fend for themselves, is cruel and ought not to be allowed. It would be akin to withholding food from a helpless infant. I hope we can get the difference between someone how is actively dying versus merely being helpless clear.

  6. Like many others, I believe the definition of ”palliative sedation” is not clear enough nor practical. As we are aware of “median lethal dose” of sedatives, I suggest these levels be considered as the highest permitted dose for palliative sedation to avoid the ambiguity as well as ethical/legal consequences of excessive prescription of sedatives.

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