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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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: Expert recommendations

Essential reading: Our experts weigh in

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

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Canadian Guidelines

A collection of clinical practice guidelines related to palliative care.

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Fact sheet: Hospice Palliative Care in Canada

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association is the national voice for Hospice Palliative Care in Canada. Advancing and advocating for quality end-of-life/hospice palliative care in Canada, its work includes public policy, public education and awareness.

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Speak Up Campaign

This Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association campaign aimed at health care professionals, patients and families hopes to “start the conversation about end-of-life care.”

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Canadian Virtual Hospice

The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides information and support to patients, caregivers and professionals on palliative and end-of-life care topics.

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Palliative education programs

These education programs are aimed at helping health-care professionals care for people with advanced cancer.