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. For more information, please refer to the Open Call for Innovations in Palliative and End-of-Life Care Prospectus. In April 2018, 69 applications were received from acute, primary, academic, long term care, hospice, home and community care, and provincial and national associations across Canada, on themes such as:

  • early access to palliative care
  • pediatric palliative care
  • marginalized populations
  • bereavement, grief and loss
  • creating compassionate communities
  • supporting end-of-life discussion
  • coordination, transition and integration of care
  • telemedicine
  • advance care planning

Palliative and end-of-life care

Applications were assessed by an  external merit review panel. Following this review, CFHI selected 26 Palliative and End-of-Life Care Innovations to be highlighted – 6 panel presentations reflecting 8 projects, plus 18 posterboards – at the 2017 CEO Forum (June 21, 2017) in Toronto, Ontario.

Final selections reflected innovations happening across Canada – both emerging and demonstrated – that were currently underway, were outperforming current practice, or that had the potential to outperform current practice, and had spread or had the potential to spread.

Nine 2017 CFHI Palliative and End-of-Life Care Innovation Awards were presented at the CEO Forum. For more information on the selection criteria, please refer to the  Open Call for Innovations in Palliative and End-of-Life Care Prospectus.

Out of the 26 innovations that presented at the CEO Forum, CFHI provided programming support to two emerging innovations:

  • mHOMR from the University Health Network/Sinai Health System
  • Whole Person Approach to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) from the Hamilton Health Sciences