Health Care Consent, Advance Care Planning, and Goals of Care Practice Tools: The Challenge to Get it Right
Commissioned by the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO), this paper provides background research to the “Improving the Last Stages of Life” project. The demand for pre-planning by patients about future health care decisions has dramatically increased, particularly for end-of-life care. Despite any pre-planning that is done, in Canada, it is firmly established that the decision-making process requires health practitioners to obtain informed consent before providing treatment. In Ontario, this is a requirement of the Health Care Consent Act1 (HCCA), which provides that consent be obtained from capable patients and otherwise, from their substitute decision-makers (SDMs). To read the full report and for more details, visit the LCO website.
Mind the Safety Gap in health system transformation: Reclaiming the Role of the RN
Ontario’s health system is at a critical juncture. With its Patients First initiative, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has indicated major changes are on the horizon that will shift health care into the community, and provide more co-ordinated health services. This bold strategy proposes to create the kind of system Ontarians want and deserve, but RNAO’s research suggests the province may not currently have the health human resources (HHR) to make it a reality.
Palliative and End-Of-Life Care Provincial Roundtable Report
A Report from Parliamentary Assistant John Fraser to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
PATIENTS FIRST – Message from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
A proposal to strengthen patient-centred health care in Ontario
Discussion Paper December 17, 2015