The Safari Concept: An African Framework on End-of-Life Care

Congratulations to Dr. Christian Ntizimira for the recent publication of a book that illuminates the African perspective on end-of-life care.

The rich tapestry of African cultures, traditions, and beliefs surrounding the end-of-life journey is explored in "The Safari Concept: An African Framework on End-of-Life Care". This book comprehensively examines the distinctive challenges, rituals, and practices that shape the African perspective on mortality and dying, drawing on extensive research, personal anecdotes, and insightful interviews.

Essential characteristics of "The Safari Concept" are:

  1. Diversity in Culture: Examine the...

Validation of the Death and Dying Distress Scale (DADDS-Sp) in a population with advanced cancer in Chile

Congratulations to Loreto Fernández-González and team for their recent publication in the ecancer Journal, Validation of the Death and Dying Distress Scale (DADDS-Sp) in a population with advanced cancer in Chile.

Developing instruments to screen for relevant aspects of advanced illness is key to identifying palliative needs and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions in this population. The objective of this project is to validate the Death and Dying Distress Scale in Spanish (DADDS-Sp) for screening anxiety about death and evaluating psychometric properties for...

Opioid safety recommendations in adult palliative medicine: a North American Delphi expert consensus

Congratulations to Jenny Lau and team for their recent publication in the BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care on Opioid safety recommendations in adult palliative medicine: a North American Delphi expert consensus.

Despite the escalating opioid crisis, opioids are essential for palliative care symptom management. Urgent guidance about opioid safety is required in palliative care. Through a Delphi study, experts in palliative care, addiction and pain medicine collaborated to develop 130 expert consensus recommendations to promote opioid safety in adults receiving palliative...

Widening the Scope on Assisted Dying - What is next for Germany's legislation

In February 2020, a ruling by the Federal Constitutional Court abolished Section 217 of the German Penal Code, which made assisted suicide a punishable offense. In Canada, 

CALM in Patients with Malignant Primary Brain Tumors- Congratulations Dr. Ashlee Loughan!

Congratulations to Dr. Ashlee Loughan on recieving an American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG) for her grant proposal entitled," Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM) in patients with malignant primary brain tumors". Dr. Loughan is one of few neuropsychologists addressing psychological and health-related outcomes in brain tumor patients.

Dr. Loughan is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist by...

Resources Relevant to Palliative Care and COVID-19

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) has compiled a list of resources relevant to palliative care and COVID-19 with links to all of the websites and documents listed:

Upcoming International CALM Workshops 2019-2020

Venues planned for North America, Europe,  Middle East, Asia 
Check this post for the latest updates of confirmed venues and times 

About the Workshop: CALM is a brief, semi-structured, evidence-based psychotherapeutic intervention designed to help people with...

The Global CALM Program

The Global CALM Program is an international initiative to train clinicians in CALM (Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully) therapy, gather evidence about the implementation of CALM in diverse settings, and to make CALM a standard of care for people facing metastatic and advanced cancer.

The Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC), a joint institution between the University of Toronto (UofT) and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PM), is the delivery agent for the Global CALM Program. Based in...

Advanced CALM Workshop Concluded

The largest yet CALM workshop brought together local and international clinicians and researchers with the goal of improving psychosocial care for advanced cancer patients and families with CALM therapeutic framework.

With participants from 9 disciplines and 15 countries, CALM workshop offered a global & interdisciplinary approach to tackle the global need for psychosocial care for cancer patients.

This highlights of the workshops were the case presentations from our...

GIPPEC Symposium Report on the Access to Palliative & End of Life Care for Muslims is out

There is no area of medicine in which culture and religion is more important than in palliative and end-of-life care (PEOLC).

Although PEOLC has been recognized as a basic human right, the majority of those in need of such care, particularly in low and middle-income countries, do not have access to such care. Although death and dying are universal experiences, personal,  religious and cultural values shape what is considered to be a good life, and...

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