Medical Assistance in Dying: Frequently Asked Questions for Care Professionals
NSHA’s comprehensive policy is under development. In the interim, if the information in this document does not answer your questions, please contact the office of Medical Affairs Advisor at 902-491-5892. The voicemail box will be checked regularly during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, and we are committed to getting back to you as soon as possible. Please leave your name, number and a brief explanation of the information you are seeking so we can best address your questions and concerns.
What is medical assistance in dying?
Who can provide medical assistance in dying?
Who can receive medical assistance in dying?
What is considered a “grievous and irremediable” medical condition?
What is excluded from the legislation? At this time, the following are excluded:
Mental Illness or Physical Disability
Can a person decided not to proceed with medical assistance in dying?
What is NSHA’s role in medical assistance in dying?
- Provide information about the procedure
- Facilitate access to the procedure
- Provide support to physicians, nurse practitioners and other involved staff as required
- Provide education to physicians, nurse practitioners, staff, patients and public
What do I do if I receive a request for medical assistance in dying?
What documentation and forms are available for medical assistance in dying?
How do I find out more about my profession’s role in Medical Assistance in Dying?
Which health care providers are involved in medical assistance in dying, and what is their role?
What if I don’t feel comfortable assisting with medical assistance in dying?
Where can medical assistance in dying take place?
What other options are there to relieve the suffering of my patients and/or provide end-of-life medical care?
- provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
- help individuals manage symptoms, address physical, emotional and spiritual concerns
- support families
- enhance quality of life and help patients live as actively as possible
- prepare individuals for death, and
- offer bereavement support to loved ones
I’m not sure how I will feel about being involved with assisted dying. What supports will be available to me?