Palliative Care Resources
To support health care professionals in being able to provide a palliative care approach to patients and families, Pallium is collaborating with partners and subject matter experts from across Canada to create and compile palliative care resources.
The following 25 free webinars were created by more than 65 subject matter experts and have been attended by 6,500 health care professionals representing 978 communities across Canada. Health care professionals continue to access the webinars regularly with 27,400+ video views—and over 90% of online webinar participants reported that the session was relevant to their practice, and they would recommend it to their colleagues.
All webinar recordings, PowerPoint presentation slides, and additional resources can be found below. Special thanks to Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec for sponsoring the French language webinars.
PPE in the Home
How to provide home-based palliative care with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
End-of-Life Care in the ED for Patients Imminently Dying of a Transmissible Acute Respiratory Infection (such as COVID-19)
Learn best practices in caring for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients who are nearing end-of-life in the emergency department.
Reorganizing Palliative Care Services during the COVID-19 PandemicLearn about rearranging palliative care services locally, regionally, and provincially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Palliative Approach to Care in Long-Term Care during COVID-19Learn how COVID-19 has impacted residents, families, and staff in long-term care.
Clinical Protocols: What Real Cases Have Taught UsPresenters share their experiences caring for patients with COVID-19 symptoms.
Télémédecine en soins palliatifs en temps de pandémie (in French)Learn how telemedicine has allowed health care professionals to adapt care during the pandemic.
Prendre en charge l’insuffisance rénale à domicile en pandémie (in French)Learn how to recognize advanced and end-stage renal disease, integrate curative and palliative treatments, and organize safe home medical care.
Organisation des soins médicaux à domicile en dehors des acronymes : SAD, SIAD, SAD aigu (in French)Learn about the professional expertise required in providing care in the home through various tricks of the trade.
Les derniers jours : sédation et soulagement des symptômes (in French)Learn the main warning signs of end-of-life and the pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions used in the relief of dyspnea and pain.
Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care Discussions: Getting us all on the same page (plus practical tips!)Learn the relationship and difference between ACP and GOCD, what is involved with each, and how values-based decisions can be made.
Additional COVID-related palliative care resources
The Canadian Palliative Care (CPC) Exchange supports interactive, online national dialogue between health care professionals across Canada regarding the most relevant COVID-related topics in palliative care. The CPC Exchange is a professional learning site, moderated by members of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, and open to all health care professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers, and pharmacists. There is no cost to participate.
Join the CPC Exchange now to:
- Ask questions about palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Share your experiences
- Teach and learn with colleagues from across Canada
Join now: www.cpcexchange.ca
Pallium, in collaboration with several health care professionals from across Canada, has created a guide to managing potential palliative care medication shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic. Access the guide now.
Pallium has partnered with physicians in British Columbia to help develop a video to support conversations around advance care planning during the pandemic. This video is intended as a clinical resource that health care providers can use with patients and their families to initiate a talk about advance care planning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the video now.
Pallium has compiled a list of additional COVID-19 related resources, such as symptom management protocols and discussion guides, that have been developed by others (e.g. Fraser Health, McMaster University) and we’ll continue to add to the list as we become aware of them. Access these resources by logging into Pallium Central and clicking on the COVID-19 palliative care resources icon.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our partners have responded by compiling a series of tools and resources for health care teams across Canada.
- Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians – CSPCP has a recorded webinar about providing palliative care in the time of COVID-19.
- Canadian Virtual Hospice – CVH has compiled a list of tools and resources that is continuously updated and includes information related to symptom management, communication, free online learning, and more.
- The College of Family Physicians of Canada – CFPC has centralized its resources and information for family physicians and patients on COVID, including webinars, podcasts, and blogs.
- McMaster University, Division of Palliative Care – The Division of Palliative Care has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources for health care professionals including podcasts, protocols, and guidelines.
- The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – To support health care professionals who are providing high quality patient care during the pandemic, the Royal College has compiled evidence-based information and resources about COVID-19.
This Impact Report provides a snapshot of the achievements that have been made to support frontline health care providers working in urban, rural, and remote communities and connect them to vital COVID-19 palliative care education to help equip them to navigate these unprecedented health care circumstances. Read the report now.
Additional resources for health care providers, teams, and workplaces
A practical, peer-reviewed, and fully referenced one-stop resource that is intended to support safe, ethical, effective, and accountable palliative clinical service. The Pocketbook is a practical, interprofessional just-in-time clinical resource that can be referenced in a health care professional’s daily practice. Purchase the hard copy or e-book now.
If you are looking for more information beyond the resources provided on this page, consider registering for LEAP Core (online), a facilitated online learning program that consists of self-directed, interactive modules and facilitated webinars. LEAP Core (online) provides an in-depth learning experience on essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach. Learn more about LEAP Core (online) now.