Marcia Sokolowski, C Psych, PhD (Phil), Co-Director of Ethics, Baycrest Health Sciences , Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Nada Abdel-Malek, MPH, MD, CCFP, COE, Care of the Elderly, Special Interest Focused Practice, Staff Physician, Baycrest Hospital, Apotex, Staff Physician, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Lecturer, University of Toronto
This presentation will integrate a case study with theory, involving a patient with dementia who had written an “advance directive” (“living will”), and whose Powers of Attorneys (POAs) were not following the wishes stated within. We will address the challenges and strengths of “advance directives”, our approach to rectifying the differences in understanding and interpretation of the patient’s wishes and to resolving conflicts between team members and the POAs. The importance of education about dementia as a terminal illness, and the effects of CPR at end of life will highlighted. Finally, the legal and ethical considerations regarding the Best Interests Standard versus the Autonomy Standard will be explored.
This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration required. It will also be webcast.