The MAID assessment team, consisting of voluntary MAID medical specialists, palliative care physicians, and psychiatrists will determine eligibility and capacity. Upon receiving the Patient MAID Request Form and the MRP MAID Request Form, two physicians will conduct assessment interviews at the clinic of the MRP for out-patients, and at the bedside for in-patients. These appointments will be scheduled sequentially if possible and preferable for the patient. The assessments will be scheduled as soon as possible, ideally within one week.
The two assessment physicians will meet to decide on the patient's eligibility and the required reflection period. They will determine eligibility based on the following three criteria:
If the patient is deemed incapable:
If the patient’s medical condition is deemed not grievous or irremediable:
If the patient’s decision is deemed not voluntary:
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A patient is considered competent if they have the capacity to understand, make decisions, and consent to MAID. Two-part question to assess capacity:
Capacity is specific to time and treatment. A patient’s capacity must be assessed specifically with respect to consenting to MAID and the patient must be capable at time of assisted death.
A patient’s condition is considered grievous and irremediable, if:
The consent must be given voluntarily.