Palliative Care – Evaluating Regional Initiatives to Reduce Hospital Utilization

RIAF 2015, RIAF Sessions


Date: December 15, 2015

Description: Dr. Raymond Viola reviewed factors associated with the location of palliative care delivery for individual patients, described two southeastern Ontario initiatives to facilitate end-of-life care in the community, and outlined an ongoing study to evaluate these two initiatives.

Dr. Viola is a Palliative Care physician and Associate Professor in the Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Medicine at Queen’s University with cross-appointments in the Departments of Family Medicine, Oncology and Public Health Sciences. He trained in medicine at the University of Toronto, family medicine at Queen’s University and palliative medicine at the University of Ottawa. He has a Masters degree in epidemiology from the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University in 2003 he was a faculty member in the Division of Palliative Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa