Individuals and Families

  • Hospice care access inequalities

    While hospices have traditionally mainly cared for white, middle-class clients with cancer, efforts have been made to be more inclusive of those with non-cancer diagnoses and other underserved groups. Tobin and colleagues (2022) conducted a literature review to better understand the demographic characteristics of those who access hospice care. The Continue reading →

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day

    #NationalIndigenousPeoplesDay is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. As part of HPCO’s commitment to working to improve inclusion and eliminate barriers for Indigenous people working in hospice palliative care, HPCO provides Indigenous Continue reading →

  • Impact of Resilience and Social Support on Long-term Grief

    While many people cope with their grief associated with the loss of a loved one within 6-24 months after the loss, the bereavement process has been associated with developing emotional/behavioral problems, educational problems, and stress‐related medical conditions in bereaved siblings of children with cancer. Rasouli and colleagues (2022) sought to Continue reading →

  • Paramedics and Palliative Care

    Over the past decade, several new models of paramedic-delivered palliative care have emerged internationally and in Canada. Some of these community paramedicine models offer palliative care, including crisis and symptom management, by paramedics to patients in their homes. Recent research and evaluation of these programs have demonstrated decreased hospital visits Continue reading →

  • Lived Experiences of Hospice Staff Working in End-of-Life Care

    The experiences of hospice staff are not well documented in the literature. A thorough understanding of the workplace environment can help to inform the development of effective supports for staff to enable them to thrive in their careers. To this end, Moody (2022) conducted a phenomenological analysis to answer the Continue reading →

  • The Use of Complementary Therapies in Hospice Care

    The use of complementary therapies has been increasingly discussed in clinical settings. Due to their widespread implications, complementary therapies are increasingly being used in hospice and palliative care settings to relieve symptoms of pain and to promote inner peace. A recent study by Dingly et al. reviewed the current literature Continue reading →

  • Addressing Inequities in Access to Palliative Care

    A recent study of hospice patient care in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada found that older people (over age 85), ethnic minorities, and rural residents had unequal access to palliative care. These findings confirm that palliative care services reach a minority of those who need them. One Continue reading →

  • Evaluation of Home-Based End of Life Care Service for Children and Families

    Increasing evidence suggests that families wish to remain at home towards their child’s end of life (EOL).  But there are few published research studies on models of home-based EOL care for children to help guide service delivery.   In response to this paucity of evidence, Malcolm and Knighting (2022) undertook a Continue reading →

  • Hospice Palliative Care – Virtual Career Fair 2022

    Join Hospice Palliative Care Ontario to learn about careers in hospice palliative care and meet hospice employers who are hiring now. Date: March 30th and 31st Time: 12P.M-1:30P.M For more information and registration

  • Music Therapy in Hospice Palliative Care

    Music therapy, where patients and therapist engage actively in singing, song writing, improvisation, as well as listening to music, according to a person’s musical preferences, is increasingly being used in hospice and palliative care.  Research has shown that music therapy improves pain, agitation, and quality of life. Furthermore, it has Continue reading →