Pallium Canada and The Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller-Vancouver Commandery (SOSJ) are pleased to announce a new funding partnership to develop the British Columbia edition of the Canadian Atlas of Palliative Care – a first of its kind for the province.
The Canadian Atlas of Palliative Care – BC Edition will implement a systematic and coordinated method of assessing the status of palliative care across the province. In collaboration with the BC Centre for Palliative Care, the Atlas will map out existing strengths, areas of excellence, and gaps across all regions within the province with respect to palliative care. This research will then be translated into powerful and visual user-friendly tools to foster improvements in the timeliness, access to, and availability of palliative care in BC.
The use of palliative care Atlases, as mapping approaches of service availability and systems performance, has proven very useful around the world. They have acted as catalysts for change and have helped funders, policymakers, the media, health care analysts, health care planners, educators and the community improve their understanding of palliative care systems and form the foundation for ongoing efforts to ultimately provide timelier, more effective, and compassionate palliative care.
Health care partners and community stakeholders will be invited to participate in this exciting project that will involve:
- Data collection from publicly accessible sources
- Surveys of palliative care clinicians, educators, and coordinators; and
- Key informant interviews and focus groups with provincial and regional palliative care thought and community leaders
Pallium Canada and SOSJ will be hosting a formal celebration of the project in Vancouver in March 2023 with details to follow.
Jeffrey B. Moat
Chief Executive Officer