Palliative Care Program Committee

To represent the interests of all CFPC members providing Palliative Care, including those for whom this is part of their broad scope family practice and those with a special interest or focused practice.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at [email protected].

Upcoming Events

November 21 - National Bereavement Day
CHPCA National Bereavement Day website | Canadian Virtual Hospice

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Spring 2016

Advance Care Planning

The College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Palliative Care Community of Practice Program Committee and Advance Care Planning in Canada have created an infographic aimed at increasing awareness among family physicians about advance care planning (ACP). This tool is also intended to help start conversations about ACP between care teams and patients.

We encourage you to use this tool and pass it on through your networks. Thank you for your support on this very important initiative.

An ACP is simply a plan you make in advance, for your care at the end of your life.

Advance care planning gives you time to consider and reflect on the kind of health and medical care you would consent to, or refuse, in a crisis. The best time to make an ACP is when you are younger and your health is still good.

This video was developed by Speak Up, and is being supported by the following collaborative, which aims to increase awareness among family physicians about advanced care planning. 

cspcp pallium-canadaspeakup cfpc 

For more resources on advance care planning (posters, videos, workbook etc)  please visit the Speak Up! Advance Care Planning Campaign website


Article from The New York Times: We're bad at death. Can we talk?

Literature Search Results

November 2017
Letter to CMAJ from the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians:
APPEAL TO PHYSICIANS - OPIOIDS HAVE THEIR PLACE – Let’s avoid an unintended tragedy!

December 2016
1. Learning to care: medical students' reported value and evaluation of palliative care teaching involving meeting patients and reflective writing
Borgstrom E, Morris R, Wood D, Cohn S, Barclay S.
BMC Med Educ. 2016 Nov 25;16(1):306.
PMID: 27887622 [Unknown status] Free Article

2. Palliative care in children with cancer: implications for general practice
van der Geest IM, Bindels PJ, Pluijm SM, Michiels EM, van der Heide A, Pieters R, Darlington AE, van den Heuvel-Eibrink MM.
Br J Gen Pract. 2016 Dec;66(653):599-600. No abstract available.
PMID: 27884889 [Unknown status]

November 2016
1. Advances in radiotherapy technology for non-small cell lung cancer: What every practitioner should know.
Huo M, Gorayski P, Pinkham MB, Lehman M.
Aust Fam Physician. 2016 Nov;45(11):805-809.
PMID: 27806449 [Unknown status] Free Article

2. Diffusion of palliative care in nursing homes: lessons from the culture change movement.
Tyler DA, Shield RR, Miller SC.
J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 May;49(5):846-52. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2014.10.005.
PMID: 25499827 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article

3. Effect of Primary Care Involvement on End-of-Life Care Outcomes: A Systematic Review.
Kim SL, Tarn DM.
J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Oct;64(10):1968-1974. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14315.
PMID: 27550751 [Unknown status]

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CFPC Papers or Endorsements

CFPC Statement on issues related to end-of-life-care.

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