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ENEWS -- January 2014
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The year is starting with plenty of news and activity in palliative end-of-life care. Policy discussions, research funding, calls for study participants and new resources - we bring you news in the field this month. Look for a special edition of eNews on February 6!
 
TOP RESEARCH STORIES OF 2013 - DIGNITY MAKES THE LIST
The Canadian Cancer Society list of Top Research Stories of 2013 includes the work of Virtual Hospice Chair Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov. The recognition is for developing and testing a simple approach to help health care professionals build greater empathy with their patients, to help them see beyond the illness to the person.
 
FEDERAL POLITICIANS TO DEBATE PALLIATIVE CARE STRATEGY
Member of Parliament Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) has introduced a motion in the House of Commons on palliative care. It asks the federal government to establish a pan-Canadian palliative and end-of-life care strategy in conjunction with provinces and territories on a flexible and integrated model of palliative care. The motion will be debated when the House resumes sitting, later this month. It is already receiving some cross-party support.
 
LONG TERM CARE ALLIANCE TOOLKIT
Due to popular demand, the availability period has been extended for a recently released resource. The Quality Palliative Care in Long Term Care Toolkit is the first of its kind in Canada, and one of few available internationally. It helps in developing palliative care for long-term care homes. The Long Term Care Alliance is led by Dr. Mary Lou Kelley of Lakehead University.
 
iPAL - FREE NEW APP FOR PALLIATIVE CARE
The palliative care team at Providence Health has developed a free, web-based app for professionals. It's intended to help assess, manage, plan and communicate. Virtual Hospice team member Dr. Romayne Gallagher was a key member of the development team. The team is working on a revised version and welcomes feedback from users.
 
NEW GLOBAL ATLAS OF PALLIATIVE END-OF-LIFE CARE
eHospice International is launching a new, comprehensive, international resource. The Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life is a joint publication of the World Health Organization and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance.
 
NEW ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP AT CANCERCHAT.CA
CancerChatCanada has started a new support group for caregivers. It is scheduled for Thursdays and will run for ten weeks. Caregivers who might benefit from support and stress management with a professional facilitator can register in one of three ways: online, by email, or by calling 1-800-663-3333 ext. 654157 or 4955. New groups, one for lymphoma and one for ovarian cancer, will start next month.
 
WHEN A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL LOSES A CHILD
Nurse and researcher Pamela Katz Ressler writes about the death of her young teen son, in The Children Who Didn't Survive. Her experience sheds light on how a health care professional deals with death, grief and remembrance, and what a child's death can teach us.
 
PRIZE FOR STORY OF VIRTUAL HOSPICE SUPPORT
When Canada Health Infoway asked Canadians for stories about how technology was helping them, Tracie Stinson of Burnaby sent in her story about being alone after two deaths, and reaching out online. Tracie's story of how she found Virtual Hospice Discussion Forums, and how they helped, earned her a $500 prize. Tracie is a core member of the Virtual Hospice community who now offers support to others.  
 
ELDER CARE NETWORK - FUNDING PROGRAMS FOR RESEARCHERS AND STUDENTS
TVN, the network for improving care for the frail elderly, has several funding opportunities with first deadlines coming up soon: 
•    Knowledge synthesis project grants - Submit intent to apply by February 19.
•    Strategic Impact Grant program - Submit intent to apply by February 26
•    Summer student awards - Submit intent to apply by February 28.
 
CALL FOR STUDY PARTICIPANTS - ADULTS CARING FOR PARENTS
Researchers at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine want to learn about how adults caring for parents find support online. Study leaders want to know more about their connections with people in similar situations. The core of the study is a half-hour survey that can be done online. Those who complete the survey have the option of agreeing to a short phone interview afterward. Learn more about the study or email Marina Bastawrous with questions.
 
CALL FOR STUDY PARTICIPANTS - GRIEVING ADULTS
A Canadian researcher at the University of Maryland wants to determine how to best help people who have lost a loved one. She is testing a writing intervention for people who consider themselves to be spiritual or religious. The study is conducted on-line in English only. You may be eligible to participate if you've lost a loved one within the last 5 years and are currently feeling distress about it, and religion or spirituality matter to you at least somewhat. You will be asked to complete several questionnaires and be assigned a writing exercise to complete three times for 20 minutes over one week. Learn more here, or contact Dr. Michelle Pearce.
 
NEW EDITION OF POPULAR HANDBOOK FOR NURSES NOW AVAILABLE
The Edmonton Zone Palliative Care Program has released the 4th edition of 99 Common Questions (and more) about Hospice Palliative Care: A nurse's handbook. It is available here free of charge, as an interactive pdf. The handbook was developed in collaboration with health care professionals from across Canada. It aims to enhance capacity and confidence in those offering hospice palliative care.
 
NEW ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR ADVANCED ONCOLOGY PALLIATIVE CARE COURSE
An innovative advanced practice course in oncology/palliative care is accepting applicants for Fall 2014, with new admission criteria. The program is now open to health care professionals with a completed health-care related undergraduate honours degree and a minimum two years of experience in a related health field. The program is offered through a partnership between the de Souza Institute and the University of Windsor Faculty of Nursing.
 
GOVERNOR GENERAL RECOGNIZES VIRTUAL HOSPICE EDITOR
Dr. Raymond Currie, Dean Emeritus of the University of Manitoba, is the editor of The Exchange on Virtual Hospice. He is also one of 12 Caring Canadians who were recognized by Governor General David Johnson for exemplifying compassion and engagement through their volunteer work. Dr. Currie's community contributions are with RESOLVE and the Prairieaction Foundation, Villa Rosa, a home for single mothers, Hospice and Palliative Care Manitoba and The Winnipeg Foundation.
 
VIRTUAL HOSPICE CLINICAL TEAM MEMBER RECOGNIZED FOR INNOVATIVE CARE
The Canadian Medical Association has recognized Virtual Hospice clinical team member Dr. Cornelius Woelk for innovations in his community practice. After noticing that the waiting involved in cancer diagnosis and treatment is often another source of suffering, Dr. Woelk and colleagues developed a way to minimize the waiting that people have to go through.
 
CALENDAR


January 23-24, 2014 - Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition Annual Meeting, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 25-26, 2014 - Long Term Care Applied Research Day, Ontario Long Term Care Association, Toronto, Ontario.

April 10, 2014 - Ontario Home Care Association Annual Symposium, Mississauga, Ontario.

April 27-29, 2014 - 2014 Annual Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Conference, Richmond Hill, Ontario.

April 30- May 2, 2014 - Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Conference 2014, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

June 8-10, 2014 - Achieving Excellence Together Conference 2014, Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres, Toronto, Ontario 

September 9-12, 2014 - 20th International Congress on Palliative Care, Montreal, Quebec.


 
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