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Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing life-threatening illness. High quality palliative care:

  • Focuses on the concerns of patients and families
  • Prevents and relieves suffering, including physical symptoms such as pain, nausea and loss of appetite
  • Addresses the emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families
  • Respects the social and cultural needs of patients and families
  • Uses a team-based approach that may include volunteers, social workers, spiritual care, in addition to other professionals such as physicians and nurses.

CFHI supports healthcare leaders to improve care across the continuum, including palliative and end-of-life care. The INSPIRED Approaches to COPD collaborative, is supporting organizations across Canada to implement a leading practice for advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care, including advance care planning and spiritual care. Through the EXTRA: Executive Training Program, CFHI has also supported improvement projects focused on palliative care.

Budget 2015 provided some funding for CFHI to evaluate and disseminate data about best practices in palliative care and CFHI is currently undertaking this work.

Open Call for Innovations in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

To better understand innovations that are working well across the country, CFHI launched its first ever Open Call for Innovations in Palliative and End-of-Life Care in February 2017. Learn more »

Past work

EXTRA Cohort 12: Cohort 12 of CFHI’s EXTRA: Executive Training Program had a special theme focused on palliative and end-of-life-care. Learn more »


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