Pallium Canada is a national education community-of-practice created to foster a collaborative approach to the education, engagement and standardization of palliative care in Canada.Since 2001, Pallium Canada has developed palliative care resources for interprofessional, community-based front-line health care providers – primarily physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and social workers across the Country.
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This 25 page summary provides research findings from a national survey that determined the sort of palliative medicine workforce that Canada should be developing: specifically the types of physicians who deliver palliative care, how palliative medicine is practised and the educational process that physicians have undertaken to reach their practice level. The summary detailed areas where palliative care is practised, the hours per week worked and much more.
Palliative care is presented as a basic human right as it is a highly effective pain and symptom management and control. It can and should be given with curative treatment at the beginning of diagnosis.
My Home Life is a UK-wide initiative that promotes quality of life and delivers positive change. Their vision has three components, which together are relevant not only to older people but also relatives and staff in care homes. Best practice themes (identifies what older people want and what works), relationship-centred care (provides the underlying approach to deliver best practice), caring conversations (helps us to achieve relationship-centred care) are presented.
Today, virtually 100 percent of medical school–affiliated teaching hospitals have palliative care teams. Recent data show that the younger the physician, the higher his or her familiarity and comfort with palliative care. Resources for teaching these skills are widely available and could be standardized and scaled to reach all trainees. A working group of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine is developing a set of competencies, milestones, and certain essential tasks physicians should know, called “Entrustable Professional Activities,” in palliative medicine for medical residents.
Patients with metastatic non–small-cell lung cancer have a substantial symptom burden and may receive aggressive care at the end of life. The authors examined the effect of introducing palliative care early after diagnosis on patient-reported outcomes and end-of-life care among ambulatory patients with newly diagnosed disease.
This video relates to a landmark study on the integration of palliative care during early onset of a cancer diagnosis was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Here, lead authors Jennifer Temel, MD, and Victoria Jackson, MD, MPH discuss palliative care and the impressive study findings which showed patients experienced a better quality of life and actually lived longer than patients not receiving the same level of care at an early stage. Jim Windhorst, a stage IV, lung cancer patient describes how palliative care has helped him cope with his illness. For more information click here