Putting the Pieces Together – Collaborating for Quality Hospice Palliative Care in Ontario

If you are doing unique, innovative work or research related to enhancing quality hospice palliative care integration, collaboration or practice, consider submitting an abstract for a workshop, poster or oral paper. (Submission deadline for workshops: November 30, 2015; Submission deadline for posters and oral papers: January 15, 2016) Join renowned industry experts and provincial colleagues at HPCO’s annual conference April 17-19, 2016 to share and to learn about cutting-edge, evidence-based research, hospice palliative care innovations and expertise. Delegates include system planners, researchers, policy makers and multidisciplinary, front-line Continue reading →

"Development of Advance Care Planning Research Priorities: A Call to Action"

Ana P. Johnson, Louise Hanvey, Sharon Baxter, and Daren K. Heyland, working on behalf of the Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network, have contributed a study to the latest edition of the Journal of Palliative Care entitled “Development of Advance Care Planning Research Priorities: A Call to Action.” The objective of the study was to develop a national, prioritized research agenda for advance care planning. “We first identified a list of comprehensive ACP research topics and determined priority criteria through focus groups. We next conducted a Continue reading →

Let’s Talk About Hospice Palliative Care First

Today (June 12, 2013) in the Quebec National Assembly, the Dying with Dignity Bill was tabled by the Minister for Social Services and Youth Protection Véronique Hivon. The bill would allow for physician assisted dying in cases of patients near death who are suffering and have requested assisted suicide.  The Assembly adjourns for the summer this Friday so the debate and vote on the bill won’t happen until fall.  Should the bill pass, it will have complex and confounding implications for end-of-life care in Quebec and Canada. Continue reading →

Advance care planning is about understanding how you want to live your life

Rocco Gerace, the Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, has written an inspiring and informative opinion piece about advance care planning. Rather than think about it as simply a plan for death, Gerace argues that the process is all about planning for a good life – and that approaching it in this way can help us confront a difficult conversation. “It’s not always easy,” Gerace writes, “but taking the time to reflect on and discuss these issues can lead to better Continue reading →