Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement Launches Call for Innovations in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Open Call Will Strengthen Palliative Care for Canadians

Ottawa, Canada – February 8, 2017 – The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement today launched an open call for innovations in palliative and end-of life care. Of the approximately 220,000 Canadians who die each year, an estimated 70 percent do not have access to palliative services – and for many a palliative approach or referral is initiated only within the last weeks of life. By identifying palliative care innovations, we can improve access and spread a palliative approach across health systems.

CFHI is calling on individuals and teams with demonstrated or emerging innovations in palliative care to apply. Selected applicants will:

  • Receive a 2017 CFHI Innovation Award and be recognized as an innovator;
  • Present their innovation at the CFHI CEO Forum, held June 21, 2017 in Toronto; and
  • Benefit from CFHI support to identify opportunities to spread their innovation.

“Strengthening timely access to high-quality palliative care is a shared priority for Canadians,” says Maureen O’Neil, CFHI President. “Fortunately, we know there are innovations across this country and CFHI is calling on innovators to apply to our open call and work with us to deliver better palliative care, sooner.”

A palliative care innovation is a model, program, approach or tool that is improving – or has the potential to improve – the experience, quality of life and value-for-money provided by palliative care for people with life-limiting conditions and their families.  These innovations can be emerging or demonstrated: new ways of delivering care that show promising results for patients and families, or ones that outperform current practice.

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The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement is a not-for-profit organization funded by Health Canada. CFHI identifies proven innovations and accelerates their spread across Canada by supporting healthcare organizations to adapt, implement and measure improvements in patient care, population health and value for money. Visit for more information.

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

For more information, please contact:

Tamir Virani
Communications and Stakeholder Relations Officer
Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
T: 613-728-1318 x 232
C: 613-410-2617