TORONTO, May 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Have you thought about who would make
decisions for you if you're not in a position to make them for
yourself? Only 25% of Canadians over age 30 have made end-of-life care
plans and just over 40% of those over age 70 have done so. People
rarely talk about their end-of-life wishes and Ontario's doctors want
to change that.
Today, OMA Past-President Dr. Scott Wooder officially launched a
provincial framework to enhance care for people at the end of their
lives. Ontario's doctors are committed to thoughtful and patient
focused end-of-life planning to help manage patients' health care
The Framework for End-of-Life Care was presented to healthcare
stakeholders, including the Ontario Hospital Association, the
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and the Ontario government. It
was an opportunity to recognize the efforts of the many organizations
and individuals who contributed to the development of the framework and
to continue to develop the partnerships moving forward.
The framework helps to identify the key elements for high quality
end-of-life care, including increasing the number of Ontarians who do
Advance Care Planning (ACP), bridging Advance Care Planning and
Palliative Care, and improving access to palliative supports.
"I'm thrilled with the enthusiasm that we've seen here today," said Dr.
Scott Wooder. "Ontario's doctors, healthcare stakeholders and the
public have demonstrated time-and-time-again that end of life care is a
Kenneth Owen, a terminally ill cancer patient shares his touching end of
life experience here.
For more information about end-of-life-care please visit
Video with caption: "Video: PSA: End of Life Care ". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqFWw_NtN7s&feature=youtu.be
SOURCE: Ontario Medical Association
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