Palliative Care Matters: Fostering Change in Canadian Health Care

The Conference Board of Canada, May 31, 2017
Recorded Webinar
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Palliative Care Matters was launched in June 2016 as an initiative championed by Covenant Health's Palliative Institute, in partnership with 13 national health organizations. Building on a legacy of reports and recommendations on improving palliative care, and the slow pace of action, these organizations have called for shared, pan-Canadian leadership to ensure all Canadians with life-limiting illness have timely access to high quality, coordinated and integrated palliative care.

The initiative is based on a three-phase approach: Talk—Understand—Do to foster a conversation between the public, researchers, and health system leaders on palliative care in Canada. Through an innovative consensus development model, a Lay Panel of 12 Canadians prepared a Consensus statement and recommendations.

Our report, Palliative Care Matters: Fostering Change in Canadian Health Care, synthesizes the key themes and aspirations of the recommendations, provides insights on the mechanisms and strategies that could be adopted to realize those aspirations, and identifies potential next steps as initiative takes its next steps in the coming months.

In this webinar, Konrad Fassbender from Covenant Health will provide an overview of the Palliative Care Matters initiative, including the context and unique approach used, and the Consensus Statement of the Lay Panel. Report author, Carole Stonebridge, will share the findings from the Conference Board's analysis, including insights on next steps in moving from the Lay Panel aspirations and recommendations to feasible, actionable policies.

Webinar Highlights

During this 60 minute webinar, you will learn about:

  • The background and context for the Palliative Care Matters initiative
  • The three-phase approach used in the initiative
  • The Consensus Statement and recommendations delivered by the Lay Panel
  • The implications of these recommendations as vehicles for creating pan-Canadian change
  • Opportunities and next steps for ensuring Canadians with life-limiting illness have timely access to high quality, coordinated and integrated palliative care.

About Carole

Photo of Carole StonebridgeCarole Stonebridge is a Principal Research Associate in the Conference Board’s Health Policy and Economics group. Before joining the Conference Board, Carole worked as a Registered Nurse across Canada in acute and home care settings, and as a clinical research nurse in cancer care. She brings a breadth of experience and knowledge of health practice, policy, and research to a wide variety of projects undertaken by the Board.

About Konrad

Photo of Konrad FassbenderDr. Konrad Fassbender, Scientific Director, Palliative Institute, Covenant Health

Konrad Fassbender is an assistant professor in the Division of Palliative Care Medicine. He holds cross-appointments as adjunct assistant professor in the School of Public Health, fellow of the Institute of Public Economics at the University of Alberta, inaugural scientist for the Integrated Centre for Care Advancement through Research (iCARE, a joint venture of the University of Alberta and Capital Health, now Alberta Health Services) and research associate with the Socio-behavioural Research Centre (BC Cancer Agency). He supervises medical trainees, graduate students and teaches health economics, health finance and econometrics. Dr. Fassbender works with clinicians, administrators and policy makers to measure cost and performance associated with the financing and delivery of health care and social services. His research concentrates on the effects of health reform and technological change on health and economic outcomes of dying patients and their families.

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