The Palliative Care ECHO Project

The Palliative Care ECHO Project is a 5-year national initiative to cultivate communities of practice and establish continuous professional development among health care providers across Canada who care for patients with life-limiting illness.

Led by Pallium Canada and partners from across Canada, the Project will deliver a continuous learning journey for health care providers to build local capacity to provide a palliative care approach to patients and their families.

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Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) has been recognized globally as a leading approach to improving patient care outcomes. There are ECHO partners in 40 countries, operating more than 860 ECHO networks, which have trained more than 140,000 professionals to date.

Project ECHO was developed in 2003 at the University of New Mexico and is designed to create virtual communities of learners who are then able to provide better care to patients in their communities.

The power of ECHO is in its approach to learning and collaboration. ECHO uses a “hub and spoke” education model to connect health care providers in communities (“spokes”) with teams of specialists and experts at regional and national centers (the “hub”). As a capacity-building tele-mentoring program, the Palliative Care ECHO Project is designed to create virtual communities of learners by bringing together local healthcare providers (and community leaders) with regional, provincial/territorial, and national subject matter experts for training, deep-dive learning opportunities, brief lecture presentations, and quality improvement discussions, fostering an “all learn, all teach” approach.

National ECHO Programming

National ECHO programming is free for all health care professionals to participate in. Some ECHO sessions are targeted to specific professions or practice areas.

Upcoming ECHO sessions

QI Collaborative: Identify Patients with Palliative Care Needs

Session One – May 21, 2021
@ 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
Session Two – June 18, 2021
@ 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
Session Three – September 17, 2021
@ 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

Registration for this series is full and is now closed.

The Role of Personal Support Workers in Palliative Care

Thursday June 24, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

Registration opening soon.

Taking Vitals: The SCQ—The Evidence, Development, and Clinical Necessity of a Measure to Routinely Assess Patients Experiences of Compassion

Tuesday June 29, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

Registration opening soon.

Past ECHO sessions

7 Keys to Delivering Palliative Care Upstream: What we Learned From 1,000 Patients and Families

Hub Partners

Hub partners are at the heart of the Palliative Care ECHO Project and are critical to adapting the Project programming to meet their stakeholders’ needs. Through the leadership of these amazing organizations, existing programs and resources can reach more health care providers and learners and new content and programming can be rapidly shared, developed, and deployed to fill gaps and enhance learning opportunities.

Stay Connected

Pallium is looking to engage with new partners across Canada for this national initiative to improve palliative care capacity. If your organization is interested in working with us on this exciting initiative, please submit the form below.

Are you a care provider who wants to learn more about the Palliative Care ECHO Project and how you can get involved? Stay connected with us to learn more as we work to implement this exciting initiative.

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