Palliative care: For professionals providing care
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Talking with patients
Talking with your patients about their serious illness is not easy. It can be hard to know what to say or when to say it.
Learn more about:
- Serious Illness Care Program (Alberta Health Services)
- Improving your goals of care conversations (Sinai Health System)
- Advance care planning resources and tools (Advance Care Planning Canada)
- Serious illness conversations – for providers (British Columbia Centre for Palliative Care)
The palliative approach to care
A palliative approach to care integrates the core elements of palliative care into the care provided by non-specialists in:
- primary care
- long-term care
- all mainstream health services
This approach gives more providers the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to provide people and their families with palliative care whenever and wherever they need it.
As a health or social service provider, you're likely already providing a palliative approach to care for your patients living with serious illness.
To help you provide the best care, we worked closely with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer to create the Canadian Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Competency Framework.
This document represents minimum national standards for palliative care in Canada for those who:
- specialize in palliative care
- wish to integrate palliative care principles into another discipline
It includes information for:
- social workers
- general physicians
- personal support workers
Training and support for providers
Project ECHO has been recognized globally as a leading approach to improving patient care outcomes. It connects health care providers in communities with regional and national specialists and experts to increase knowledge and skills to provide better care to patients and families.
Pallium Canada has a series of palliative care courses designed to help you provide care and support to patients facing serious illness and their caregivers.
Professional care providers often work in high-stress environments, supporting people during difficult life events. You may experience loss more than others. You may carry grief for patients and colleagues, or be grieving a personal loss.
Grief support is available to help with understanding and managing your grief.
Learn more about:
- Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)
- Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (Pallium Canada)
- Healthcare provider grief: learning modules (Canadian Virtual Hospice)
- Wellness and grief support for healthcare workers (Wellness Together Canada)
- Canadian Palliative Care Nurses Association
- Certification nursing practice specialties (Canadian Nurses Association)
- Palliative approach to care and the role of the nurse (PDF format) (Canadian Nurses Association)
- Palliative and end-of-life care teaching and learning resources (Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing)
- Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians
- Palliative care information for doctors (Canadian Medical Association)
- Certificates of Added Competence (College of Family Physicians of Canada)
- Results of the National Palliative Medicine Survey, 2015 (PDF format)(Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians)
- Subspecialty training requirements in adult palliative medicine (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada)
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