Healthy Debate put four questions to each of the candidates in a series called “Four for four.” Read my responses to each of the questions by clicking on the respective articles below:
“We envision a hospice that is a centre of excellence. We see a beautiful, bright environment where people can have independence and all of these needs met. It’s the whole continuity of end-of-life care.”
A great article on the Neshama Hospice and the Ontario government’s commitment to funding this 10-bed facility in North York. I am proud to be the Medical Lead and bring compassionate communities together through this end-of-life care facility. Read the full article here …
Tim Regan had a medically assisted death on Dec. 12, 2017; he and his family were guided through the process by Dr. Sandy Buchman. Read the full article and hear Regan’s interview with Dr. Brian Goldman (of CBC Radio Canada’s White Coat, Black Art) from the day before he died by clicking here …
In an agonizing personal and professional decision, Dr. Sandy Buchman opted to help patients with their final wish. He hasn’t looked back.
Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s magazine profiles Dr. Sandy Buchman. Read the full article …
A recent CMPA article caught my attention. We are continually learning how having patient voices at the table can improve care. This article provides some important insights and guidance. – Sandy
Several years ago, a 15-year-old male patient with a cardiac rhythm disorder underwent an ablation procedure. During the procedure, the patient unexpectedly became acutely unstable. His physician intervened immediately to identify and correct the problem.
While the patient made a full recovery, the patient’s mother wanted to find out what had happened and why. She did research and asked questions. Changes did take place, including a decision by her son’s physician to change how he performs ablations.1
As in the case of the young man and his mother, patients’ stories and experiences can be a powerful force leading to safer care and better patient outcomes.2,3,4 Their voices and involvement can contribute to planning and delivery, motivating learners in patient safety education, and improving quality and safety.