Implementation of Medical Assistance in Dying: An evaluation of clinician knowledge and perceptions at a large urban multi-site rehabilitation centre in Toronto

Stephanie Hogg, Pria Nippak, Karen Spalding


Objective: Evaluate clinician knowledge and perceptions to ensure the newly implemented Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) policies and guidelines are understood correctly to help facilitate the best possible experience for patients and their families.
Methods: One hundred and twenty-five clinicians completed a survey, developed for this study, to determine their perceptions and knowledge base related to MAID.
Results: The average grade on the knowledge-based portion of the survey was 69%. On average, respondents displayed a good understanding (84%) of the legislated eligibility criteria while room for improvement was noted for facility specific policy questions (65%) and general principle questions (71%). Analysis of perception-based questions indicated most respondents were in support of MAID, however, they expressed mixed feelings towards the ease of having MAID related conversations. Respondents expressed mixed opinions in relation to whether the facility was providing adequate training to staff. Sixty-four percent of respondents expressed interest in receiving further training relating to MAID.
Conclusions: Education for healthcare providers to ensure they understand the relevant hospital policy and guidelines is critical to improve compliance with the implementation of MAID. It is important to continue to understand and support the perceptions of clinicians to ensure that MAID is administered correctly and as effectively as possible.

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