Part A

A briefing note is a concise representation of the facts regarding an issue. A briefing note should succinctly describe the issue, background information, key current considerations, options to address the issue, a variety of possible actions and one recommended actions.1. Could we please cite this using APA? In practice, briefing notes can inform decision-makers and therefore it is critical that the facts capture all the salient information for decision-making. Writing a briefing note can be challenging because you are condensing complex issues into a brief format, yet this is an important skill to develop.

You are asked to develop a briefing note that includes the following six headings:

1. Identify the issue: One line. You may choose to put this in the form of a question to specify the focus (e.g., what approach should we take to...? What is the status of...?). The issue you choose should be a national, provincial/territorial or municipal health care issue from the past 1 – 2 years; you can use a current issue discussed in the lessons, notes or learning activities of this course, or choose a separate issue.
2. Background: What led to this issue? What are the key events in the history of this issue? Stakeholders should be considered to understand issue impact and potential action
3. Issue: Define and detail the current issue. Explain why you think this issue is of importance.
4. Analysis: Identify, present and assess alternatives to address the problem. Relevant health care system factors, ethical and legal considerations should all be outlined, where appropriate
5.   Recommendation: Recommend actions and one preferred alternative with rationale.
6.   Academic quality, including references

Canadian Nurses Association. (2008). Code of ethics for Registered Nurses. (2008 Centennial edition). Ottawa, ON: Author.
Grace, P. J. (2001). Professional advocacy: Widening the scope of accountability. Nursing Philosophy, 2(2), 151–162.
MacDonald, H. (2007). Relational ethics and advocacy in nursing: Literature review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 57(2), 119–126.
Negarandeh, R., Oskouie, F., Ahmadi, F., Nikravesh, M., Hallberg, I. R. (2006). Patient advocacy: Barriers and facilitators. BMC Nursing, 5, 3.
World Health Organization. (2016). Humanitarian health action: 6 Defining objectives and preparing an action plan.

Required Reading

Ogilvie, G., Krajden, M., Maginley, J., Isaac-Renton, J., Hislop, G., Elwood-Martin, R., Sherlock, C., Taylor, D. &. Rekart, M. (2007). Feasibility of self-collection of specimens for human papillomavirus testing in hard-to-reach women. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal = Journal De L'association Medicale Canadienne, 177(5), 480–483.

Required Reading

McPherson, M. E., Mirkin, R., Heatherley, P. N., & Homer, C. J. (2012). Educating health care professionals in advocacy for childhood obesity prevention in their communities: Integrating public health and primary care in the Be Our Voice project. American Journal Of Public Health, 102(8), e37–e43. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300833.

Ware, L. J., Bruckenthal, P., Davis, G. C., & O'Conner-Von, S. K. (2011). Original article: Factors that influence patient advocacy by pain management nurses: Results of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing Survey. Pain Management Nursing, 1225, 32. doi:10.1016/j.pmn.2009.12.001.

College of Physical Therapists of BC. (2009). Where’s the line? Professional boundaries in a therapeutic relationship. [monograph]. Retrieved from

Required Reading

World Health Organization. (1986). Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. Report of the First International Conference on Health Promotion. Ottawa, 21 November 1986 - WHO/HPR/HEP/95.1.
World Health Organization. (2016). Children and drowning.

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Introduction to Health Policy Strategy
Physical-assisted death continues to be a topic that brings a lot of controversy and divides opinions among general public. Recently, the media has reported that Canada’s Supreme Court made a unanimous decision to repeal national laws which criminalize doctors who are willing to aid patients who seek to die. This ruling concludes many decades of legal struggles between patients, doctors, and civil right organizations who favored legalization of physician-assisted death and government lawyers who argued that physician-assisted death poses danger to lives of the most vulnerable patients (Webster, 2015). Albeit patients rights to refuse medical treatment or demand removal of medical life support equipment, legalizing physician-assisted death brings a completely new perspective on the role of doctors and other health professionals in caring for human life and well-being. Apart from physicians, professional nurses and other healthcare professionals are also greatly affected by these new policies. They participate in delivering care for dying patient and might also be involved in physician-assisted dying procedures. This paper will discuss the development health policy for physician-assisted dying from the perspective of a healthcare professionals’ organization. The development of this health care policy would involve multiple stakeholders during several stages in its development.

Discussions about legalizing physician-assisted dying can be traced all the way back to the late 1800s. Despite being a relatively old topic, only in 1997 did this medical practice become officially legalized in Oregon, USA. Soon other countries and states like the Netherlands (2002) and California (2015) followed. Now with Canada included, there are 13 jurisdictions which have effective laws that legalize or decriminalize physician-assisted dying. Canada joined this list after a legal case Carter v. Canada which began in 2011. This case first started in the Supreme Court of British Columbia (BA)’s, only to progress to the BA Court of Appeal in 2012, and end in front of the judges of Canada’s Supreme Court in 2014. After assisting a family member to be admitted to a suicide clinic in Switzerland, the Carter claimants legally questioned Canada’s laws which prohibit physician-assisted suicide attempts....

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