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In conversation with Dr. Balfour Mount

In conversation with Dr. Balfour Mount

Dr. Balfour Mount, the physician who coined the term “palliative care,” looks back on his career and the way that palliative care has evolved over the years.

Coming to terms with death

Coming to terms with death

“I’ve been in end-of-life situations where the relatives brought in margaritas and we had a beach party for somebody who was dying because that’s what he always wanted.” Critical care and palliative care physician Dr. James Downar talks about the importance of communication in palliative care.

Helping patients help themselves

Helping patients help themselves

“Will you look after me? I’m sick and it’s too far.” Dr. Sandy Buchman, physician at the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, lays out the principles of good palliative care, and the top 7 things physicians, patients and their families should know that they probably don’t.

 
 
Latest Canadian data: End of Life Hospital Care for Cancer Patients

Latest Canadian data: End of Life Hospital Care for Cancer Patients

This 2013 CIHI report found that more than 25,000 people died in hospital from cancer in 2011–2012, representing 45% of all estimated cancer deaths that year. However, only 11% were admitted to the ICU in their final two weeks of life, and only 8% died there. Additionally, very few (3%) patients received inpatient chemotherapy treatment—typically considered a life-saving treatment—within their final 14 days.

Latest Canadian data: Cost Effectiveness of Palliative Care: A Review of the Literature

Latest Canadian data: Cost Effectiveness of Palliative Care: A Review of the Literature

This 2012 Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association report found that “hospice palliative care services can significantly reduce the health care costs of patients who are dying.”

Latest Canadian data: Large majority of Canadians open to discussing end-of-life care

Latest Canadian data: Large majority of Canadians open to discussing end-of-life care

More Than 80 per cent of Canadians say they’re comfortable talking about end-of-life care issues, according to a research survey commissioned by Saint Elizabeth.

 
 
Patient perspectives on palliative care

Patient perspectives on palliative care

Through candid interviews with Canadians living with cancer, the concerns and needs of palliative care patients are brought to life.

Caregiver perspectives on palliative care

Caregiver perspectives on palliative care

Often, relationships are transformed when a family member or close friend becomes a caregiver. These stories chronicle the cancer journey from a caregiver perspective.

Essential reading: Our experts weigh in

Essential reading: Our experts weigh in

Our experts provide a list of articles that can help you understand what quality palliative care looks like.