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
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.
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.