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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...

Videos are out! GIPPEC Symposium 2018: Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Muslims

The GIPPEC Symposium, titled "Palliative Care for All: Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Muslims held in January this year, explored the palliative care needs of Muslim patients and families, identified barriers to quality palliative care in Canada, and examine how Canadian clinicians can incorporate the needs of Muslim patients in their practice. Watch the symposium sessions here. A symposium report will be out soon.

Dr. Gary Rodin spoke about CALM therapy

Dr. Gary Rodin speaks with ecancer at ASCO 2017 about a psychological intervention to help advanced cancer patients manage disease-related anxiety.

Interview with Eunice Garanganga on Palliative Care

As part of our series to look at the stigma of palliative care in Africa, we interviewed Eunice Garanganga, Director of Hospice & Palliative Care Assocation of Zimbabwe (HOSPAZ).

GIPPEC: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your current work in palliative care.

Garanganga: I am a palliative care practitioner working at the National Palliative Care Association in Zimbabwe. I have vast experience in palliative...

Interview with Eve Namisango on the Stigma of Palliative Care

As part of our series to look at the stigma of palliative care in Africa, we interviewed  Eve Namisango, PhD Fellow at Cicely Saunders Institute at King's College London and Research and Development Manager, African Palliative Care Association (APCA)

Research and Development Manager, African Palliative Care Association Uganda

GIPPEC: What inspired you to work in palliative care?

Namisango: My professional background is palliative care policy and rehabilitation and I also have a very strong passion...

Interview with Dr. Brigid Sirengo on the Stigma of Palliative Care

As part of our series to look at the stigma of palliative care in Africa, we interviewed Dr. Brigid Sirengo, the Director of Education (ED) at Nairobi Hospice, retired in January 2017 after serving as the institution’s Chief Executive Officer for 23 years.

GIPPEC: What inspired you to work in palliative care?

Dr. Sirengo: Many years ago I undertook a course in counseling psychology. One of the modules on...

A special look at the stigma of palliative care across Africa

Last year, Camilla Zimmermann, Head of Palliative Care at University Health Network, published a paper on the stigma of palliative care, identifying perceptions commonly associated with palliative care, including death, hopelessness and dependency. These perceptions work against early integration of palliative care resulting in patients not accessing this holistic care despite its well-established benefits on quality of life.

This summer, we spoke with experts across Africa (including Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda) about the stigma of...

Congratulations to Doris Howell

Congratulations to Dr. Doris Howell on her promotion to full professor in Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (status appointment) at the University of Toronto. She is also cross-appointed (status) to the university's Institute of Health Policy, Managmenet and Evaluations (IHPME).

 

 

Chloe Shaw, GIPPEC fellow presented at the International Pragmatics Association Conference in Belfast

Chloe Shaw, GIPPEC fellow presented at her research, a conversation analytic study of CALM (Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully) therapy sessions, on a panel, Talking about Death, at the International Pragmatics Association Conference in Belfast. Using the method of conversation analysis, the research identifies subtle ways in which therapists invite a patient to consider an alternative perspective concerning particularly delicate matters, whilst managing the dilemma of invalidating the patient’s perspective.

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