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Generalist vs Specialty Palliative Care

I recently came across a paper written by Dr. Jessica Zitter in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, where she proposes creating a new society, the American Society for Patient Centered Physicians (ASPCP). “Its purpose would be to bring together physicians of all specialties whose treatment philosophy prioritizes patient-specific rather than specialty-specific approaches.”  

I thought the idea was brilliant and wanted to share it with our CKN readers, here’s a link:  The American Society for Patient-Centered Physicians.  Dr. Zitter also gave me the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her thoughts on the potential benefits of integrating palliative care education into mainstream medical training. Please take a look and share/comment.
– Karen Irwin, CKN Project Coordinator


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PAD: Physician Assisted Death


There has been considerable buzz around the issue of assisted death in Canada – and around the world – lately.  CKN will be publishing a new series surrounding this issue.  Stay tuned as we hear different perspectives from both professionals and patients in the coming weeks.

ALS sufferer first Canadian to receive judge’s approval for assisted death
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Mar. 01, 2016


Join the heated discussion in the Current Oncology journal about assisted death:

Pereira’s attack on legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide: smoke and mirrors

Casting stones and casting aspersions: let’s not lose sight of the main issues in the euthanasia debate

Assisted death and the slippery slope—finding clarity amid advocacy, convergence, and complexity


Physician-Assisted Death is not Palliative Care

paliative_care_treeL. Herx , MD PhD, Department of Oncology, University of Calgary

This article originally appeared in Current Oncology

On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada made a unanimous decision that it is unconstitutional to prohibit physician-assisted death. Physician-assisted death includes both physician-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia. In the past weeks, much has been said about end-of-life care and physician-assisted death being a “therapeutic service” for some Canadians, but critical elements have been lacking or clouding this discussion. In particular, little has been said about what palliative care is, and while much has been said about death, little has been said about the life stage of dying. Lastly, a myriad of confusing language has been used in this debate. Physician-assisted death is not “medically-aided dying,” nor should it be confused with palliative care.

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