Compassionate Community initiatives have shown promise in the United Kingdom and Europe, where evaluation has demonstrated significant successes but are only recently emerging in Canada and have not been rigorously evaluated here.
In 2018, Pallium Canada, BC Centre for Palliative Care and Hospice Palliative Care Ontario partnered together to create a ready to use evaluation toolkit for Compassionate Community initiatives and make this toolkit accessible to Compassionate Communities’ Champions throughout Canada. This partnership stimulated a dialogue between national and provincial organizations around pan-Canadian perspectives of what existing Compassionate Communities in the different jurisdictions look like, with the goal of reaching a consensus on a common definition and approach for evaluation of this important community work. The project’s design fosters networking and connections to accelerate sharing of knowledge and resources.
Did you know we are a research partner for iCAN-ACP?
iCAN-ACP is a 3-year national study aiming to improve the quality of life for older patients with serious illness by introducing and evaluating Advance Care Planning (ACP) tools that we hope will result in more, earlier and better conversations between adults, families and the healthcare team.
Our research partners at iCAN-ACP have recently published their second newsletter, which as well as including updates about the achievements and progress of the research project and research team, includes a partner profile for the BC Centre for Palliative care.
You can read it here.
They also have a new podcast!! Check it out here, their first episode includes an interview with project lead John You.
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