Canadian Virtual Hospice | Portail palliatif canadien
ENEWS -- December 2014
  SPOTLIGHT ON
DIGNITY

Patients and families should expect to be treated with dignity and respect in every healthcare encounter. But sometimes the healthcare system can make people feel vulnerable, frightened and uncertain. By considering how this feels for patients and families, and making kindness and respect the foundation of care interactions, healthcare providers can improve the care experience and their own job satisfaction.
 
FOR PROFESSIONALS
NEW VIDEO - ATTITUDE, BEHAVIOUR, COMPASSION, DIALOGUE
Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov and the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit have produced a video called The ABCDs of Dignity in Care, funded by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Through personal stories, the video shows healthcare providers how attitude, behaviour, compassion and dialogue can make the difference in a person’s care experience.
 
FOR EVERYONE
DIGNITY AND THE ESSENCE OF MEDICINE
This paper published in the British Medical Journal by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov is the basis for the subsequent development of dignity therapy treatment and training, including the new video above.
 
FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCES TO PROMOTE DIGNITY
  • Dignity in Care: Website developed by the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit that provides tools for people working in healthcare and those receiving care, to support dignity in all care encounters.
  • Living and dying with dignity: Guide from the UK by Sue Read and Heather Morris, which offers best practices for end-of-life care for people with learning disabilities.
 
FOR PROFESSIONALS
TOOLS TO PROMOTE DIGNITY
 
NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE


FOR EVERYONE
100 VIDEOS IN 100 DAYS
This fall, Virtual Hospice launched a series of new videos to mark World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. The series features more than 30 experts and people living with advanced illness, who share wisdom and experience on a range of end-of-life topics. The 100 new videos are being launched over 100 days through Twitter and Facebook. They can be found on The Gallery and the Virtual Hospice YouTube channel.
 

FOR EVERYONE
NEW ARTICLE - WHAT TO TELL THE CHILDREN
Children's Grief Awareness Day was on November 19, and Virtual Hospice has posted a new article by Andrea Warnick in her series on children, death and dying. The new article, When to Tell the Children: Preparing the Children for the Death of Someone Close to Them, aims to help adults tell children when someone is seriously ill, and balance the desire to protect children with honesty about death.
  

FOR PROFESSIONALS
NEW POSTER - THERAPEUTIC TOUCH IN GERIATRIC CARE
This new research poster by Dr. Helen Senderovich reviews Therapeutic Touch services offered to patients at the Baycrest Health Science's geriatric palliative care unit, to describe patients and their response to the treatment.
  

FOR EVERYONE
NEW RESOURCE - LIVING WITH METASTATIC BREAST CANCER
This new, comprehensive online booklet by Willow, provides plenty of information about metastatic breast cancer to those who have been diagnosed and also for caregivers, family and friends.
 

NEWS


NEW INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR DIGNITY AND PALLIATIVE CARE
A centre is being developed in Manitoba that will be the first in the world to integrate clinical services, education, research and communication, to lead progress in palliative care and dignity in care in all health encounters. Announced in the Manitoba Speech from the Throne on Nov 20, 2014, the centre is led by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov.
 
WORLD HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE SPECIAL LECTURE
On December 4, international palliative care leader Dr. Kathleen Foley will give a special lecture on "Achieving Universal Coverage of Palliative Care." It will be held at the Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital Auditorium in Ottawa and webcast on the Ontario Telemedicine Network. A previous presentation by Dr. Foley, Pain and Palliative Care, is on the Virtual Hospice website.
 
DEC 5 DEADLINE - SUBMISSIONS TO HEALTHCARE INNOVATION PANEL
The federal Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation is looking for outside-the-box thinking on healthcare. The panel's mandate is to identify five ideas with most promise for improving the quality and accessibility of care while reducing costs. The panel wants Canadians to participate. Virtual Hospice asks you to consider supporting the idea that stable long-term funding for Virtual Hospice is an affordable way to improve the quality and accessibility of end-of-life care.
 
SUPREME COURT OF CANADA CONSIDERS ASSISTED SUICIDE DECISION
In October, the Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments in the Lee Carter case, on the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. The Court accepted many submissions from a spectrum of intervenors, and is now considering its decision. Two leaders in Canadian palliative care, Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov, and Dr. Balfour Mount, have written a blog post for the Canadian Medical Association Journal that lays out the issues at stake in the case and the points that the Court will be considering in its decision.
 
END-OF-LIFE CAREGIVERS' REPORT FROM STATISTICS CANADA
In an item in its latest Newsletter for Communities, Statistics Canada summarizes findings about caregivers for people at the end of life. It reports that 13 percent of Canadians have provided end-of-life care to a family member or friend, and breaks down who is doing the caregiving.
 
BEING MORTAL - NEW BOOK BY ATUL GAWANDE
Dr. Atul Gawande, an American physician who is drawing attention to end-of-life medical and ethical struggles has released a new book, Being Mortal.
 
WELCOME NEW TEAM MEMBER JO-ANN LAPOINTE McKENZIE
Virtual Hospice welcomes Jo-Ann Lapointe McKenzie to our Team. Jo-Ann is Project Manager of the KT Tools project funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. She has more than 35 years of progressive experience in patient care administration in a wide range of settings. Jo-Ann's work at Virtual Hospice is to lead development of new tools to support patients, families and health care providers.
 
CALENDAR


December 11, 2014 - Deadline for abstracts for 2015 Conference, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.

January 27, 2015, Dignity Therapy Webinar by Dr. Susan McClement, hosted by the University of British Columbia.

January 30-31, 2015, Annual meeting, Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

April 19-21, 2015, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario 2015 Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

April 22-24, 2015, Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology 2015 Annual Conference, Montréal, Québec.

May 28-30, 2015, New Frontiers of Palliative Medicine Conference, Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, Calgary, Alberta.

June 3-5, 2015, Dignity Therapy Workshop by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov, hosted by the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit.
 
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