Submission ID 77982

Code OC-4-5
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Category Medical Education
Type Oral
Will the presenter be a: Other
Presenter Other Director of Education Scholarship
Title Identifying the Needs of Medical Assistance in Dying Assessors and Providers in Canada: A Mixed Methods Needs Assessment
Background/Purpose The Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers (CAMAP) MAiD Curriculum Development Project (CMCDP) is developing a comprehensive national MAiD training program for clinicians. This presentation shares findings from a needs assessment to ensure a relevant, comprehensive curriculum is designed to meet the needs of healthcare professionals.
Methods An online survey was circulated in 2021-2022 to members of national physician and nurse practitioner regulatory organizations. The survey included quantitative demographic and ordinal scale-based questions, in addition to open-ended items. Content analysis of qualitative responses was conducted using a thematic approach.
Results A total of 257 responses were collected (61% physicians, 35% nurse practitioners), of which 39% of clinicians were involved in MAiD and 67% were female. There was representation in rural and urban contexts across clinical settings. Findings showed that 60% of respondents had not been involved in MAiD, 58% had patients ask about MAiD, and 27% indicated lack of comfort in discussing MAiD. Qualitative barriers to MAiD work included clinical scope, moral/ethical concerns, and lack of resources/support. Facilitators for involvement in MAiD included access to guidelines (38%), peer support (38%), and accredited low-cost education (34%). Only 18% reported that emotional support for the clinician would be helpful. The 3 priority educational topics were assessing depression (66%) and somatization disorders (63%) in the context of MAiD, and managing patients with communication challenges (52%).
Discussion Canadian clinicians identify the need for MAiD practice standards and training, particularly for cases with clinical complexity. These results will inform content development for the CMCDP.
Keyword 1 Needs Assessment
Keyword 2 MAiD
Keyword 3 Curriculum Development
Abstract content most relevant to: (check all that apply) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) (faculty development, CME)
Abstract Track - First Choice Curriculum
Curriculum General
Authors Heather Braund
Aliza Panjwani
Cassandra Graham
Stefanie Green
Gordon Gubitz
Kate Hunt
Gilla Shapiro
Sarah Stevens
Seline Thevasahayam
Madeline Li
Nancy Dalgarno

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