A new guide to help physicians talk to their patients about end-of-life care and dying

More people are living longer with chronic illness as our population ages, making it increasingly vital for patients and family members to decide how they and their loved ones would like to spend their final days. For physicians in hospital and primary care settings alike, it is crucial to know how to address these issues with sensitivity. A new conversation guide in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, written by Dr. John You of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, aims to guide physicians through Continue reading →

Patient safety study demonstrates need for standardized home care

Jackie Hickey recently posted on her blog, Caring@Home, about an important new study from the Canadian Patient Safety Institute entitled “Safety at Home: Pan-Canadian Home Care.” The study emphasizes that home care is “an integral component of the ongoing restructuring of healthcare in Canada,” and it raises awareness of a wide range of issues related to patient safety in the home. “Released on June 26,” Hickey writes, “the CPSI study is the first of its kind. The study examines the reasons why harmful incidents occur, determines 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 →