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SEPTEMBER 2017
 
IN BRIEF
 
SPECIAL EDITION: PALLIATIVE AND END-OF-LIFE CARE
 
 
MAKING PALLIATIVE CARE A ROUTINE PART OF CANCER TREATMENT: NEW REPORT
 
Effective health care integrates palliative care into a patient’s treatment plan as early as possible, but a new report published by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer shows this may not be the experience of patients with cancer across the country. Evidence shows that the introduction of palliative care soon after diagnosis may improve quality of life and prolong survival, but doing so would require redefining “palliative care” – a term that has long been synonymous with death. Palliative and End-of-Life Care: A Cancer System Performance Report shows the need for, and potential benefits of, including palliative care as a routine part of cancer treatment. The report also explores the need for more community and home-based palliative care services to reduce reliance on hospitals.

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NEW! NATIONAL POST LAUNCHES FOUR-PART SERIES ON PALLIATIVE CARE
 
The National Post has published a series on their website looking at the state of palliative care in Canada. The series accompanies the launch of the Partnership’s latest report, Palliative and End-of-Life Care: A Cancer System Performance Report.
 
Cancer System Performance | 2017 Report  
The four stories explore the following topics:
  • what palliative care means;
  • the gaps in how palliative care is provided to Canadians;
  • the importance of earlier integration of palliative care into routine treatment for cancer and other diseases;
  • the benefits of palliative home care; and
  • the need for increased availability of, and better quality data on palliative care.
The first two stories are now available and the final two stories will be published in October.

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HIGH RATES OF ACUTE CARE HOSPITALIZATION AMONG CANCER PATIENTS NEAR END OF LIFE
 
Cancer System Performance | 2017 Report  
A paper published in the latest edition of Current Oncology describes the use of acute care hospitals at the end of life for patients who died of cancer in hospitals across Canada. The study looked at end-of-life care indicators across nine provinces, and found that interprovincial variation exists in hospital deaths, length of stay in hospital, readmission to hospital, and intensive care unit use at the end of life. Data examined in the paper was also included in Palliative and End-of-Life Care: A Cancer System Performance Report.

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EXPANDING OUR HORIZONS AT THE 2017 CANADIAN HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCE
 
The Partnership was a sponsor to the 2017 Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Conference, held in Ottawa from September 20 to 23. The conference was organized around the theme, “Expanding Our Horizons: A Palliative Approach to Care.”
 
Cancer System Performance | 2017 Report  
Dr. Deborah Dudgeon, Senior Scientific Lead, Person-Centred Perspective at the Partnership announced the release of Palliative and End-of-Life Care: A Cancer System Performance Report at the opening plenary session. Dr. Dudgeon also participated in a panel discussion to explore challenges to integration, and strategies to move Canada closer to an optimal system of care.

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AWARD-WINNING VIRTUAL RESOURCE FOR GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT
 
Cancer System Performance | 2017 Report  
Canadian Virtual Hospice (CVH) received national recognition for MyGrief.ca, a Partnership-funded online resource launched in May 2016. MyGrief.ca combines evidence-informed information with personal stories to deliver free grief and loss support in the home, making the resource particularly meaningful to those in geographically remote and hard-to-reach communities.
 
On June 5, 2017, the Partnership and CVH received the Patient Care Innovation Project Team Award at the Canadian Health Informatics Awards Gala for work on MyGrief.ca. The award honoured digital health leaders, and recognized the teams for innovation in patient care. MyGrief.ca was also chosen as one of the top eight innovations in palliative care at the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement’s 2017 CEO Forum held on June 21 in Toronto.
 
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WORLD HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE DAY | VOICES FOR HOSPICES
 
 
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