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Interprofessional Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care Oncology (iEPEC-O) Course​​​ by de Souza Institute

The de Souza Institute is Proud to Announce the Interprofessional Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care Oncology (iEPEC-O) Course​​​
The course is based on the EPEC​-O Canada curriculum and was developed by a team of interprofessional experts. Through the course, you will have access to:​​
 

Registration opens for the CALM Therapy Advanced Training

CALM or Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully, is a brief, semi-structured, evidence-based, psychotherapeutic intervention designed to help people with metastatic cancer and their caregivers manage the practical and profound problems associated with advanced disease. The primary goals of CALM are reducing and preventing psychological distress.

The CALM Therapy Training Program is designed to teach and supervise healthcare professionals in the delivery of CALM therapy. The program has two levels. In the introductory level, learners will develop clinical skills to help patients...

Congratulations to David Christiansen on receiving the GIPPEC Research Collaborative Grant

Dr. David Christiansen is awarded the 2016 GIPPEC Research Collaborative Grant to further his innovative research in palliative care for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). This research will be the first investigation of morphine for use in pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Dr. Christiansen is a fifth-year resident in the Adult Respirology training program at the University of Toronto. His clinical interest lies in the area of pulmonary hypertension. He originally hails from Winnipeg and is a graduate of the University of...

Making progress: with an occasional struggle

In the words of Frederick Douglass, the nineteenth century African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

It’s a saying that accurately captures the study team’s experiences of implementing the GIPPEC-MWAPO Health Development Group’s collaborative Quality of Death and Dying study. Starting in October 2016, data collection has been ongoing at Nairobi Hospice, the first of the three palliative care sites involved in the...

Reflecting on challenges to data collection

Reflecting on challenges to data collection by Nancy Gikaara

It has been both exciting, and a little challenging, working on this unique study in Nairobi Hospice, producing a number of learnt lessons that will serve as a launching pad as the study team moves to the subsequent sites.

To begin with, according to a number of those participants, the invitation to attend the hospice for an interview has helped them speak to the hospice staff about how they are faring since...

Graduate course in palliative and supportive care helps develop next-generation researchers

The “Multidisciplinary Concepts in Palliative and Supportive Care Research” course, jointly hosted by the GIPPEC global institute and the Institute of Life Course of Aging at the University of Toronto, aims to provide learners an opportunity to explore a novel, interdisciplinary area of study.

GIPPEC and The Institute of Life Course of Aging formally announced their partnership on November 14, 2016.
 

Directed by Drs. Camilla Zimmermann and Gary Rodin, the course features weekly lectures...

Norwegian delegates visited GIPPEC and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

From left to right: Lesley Chalklin, Caitlin Doherty, Stein Kaasa, Gary Rodin, Camilla Zimmermann and Jon Harvard Loge

On December 6-7, Dr. Stein Kaasa, chair of the European Palliative Care Research Centre and Professor Jon Harvard Loge from Norway visited the Department of Supportive Care and our global institute, GIPPEC at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

During this short and eventful visit, Dr. Kaasa and Professor Loge toured the Palliative Care Inpatient Unit, the ELLISCR Cancer Rehab and...

GIPPEC Launches the Kenya Quality of Death and Dying Study

After months of planning across two continents by the collaborative research teams in Canada and in Africa, mid-October 2016 was a flurry of activity as Richard Powell (local Principal Investigator) and Nancy Gikaara (Research Assistant) traversed Kenya to launch the quality of death and dying (QODD) study in three local hospices (Eldoret, Nairobi and Nyeri) and at the national palliative care body, the Kenya Hospice and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA).

Nancy Gitakka (left) with...

GIPPEC Symposium on the Access to Palliative and End-of-Life Care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

The 2nd annual GIPPEC symposium, held on November 15 and 16 in Toronto, focused on improving access to palliative and end-of-life care for the First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) communities.

Following a traditional smudging ceremony, the symposium kicked off with the keynote speaker, Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Chair in Northern and Indigenous Health and Senior Scientist at Health Science North Research Institute, examining the historical, geographic, language and cultural barriers leading to poor health outcomes for indigenous peoples across Canada.

Establishing CALM Centre of Excellence in Ferrara, Italy

The first project coming out of the partnership between GIPPEC and the University of Ferrara is to establish a CALM Centre of Excellence in Italy in 2017.

CALM or Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully is an individualized therapy designed to help patients manage the challenges of living with cancer, reduce distress and promote psychological well-being.  

This particular project will train and provide supervision to local health care providers delivering the CALM therapy to patients, with the goal of the CALM therapy becoming...

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