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 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...
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.
Directed by Drs. Camilla Zimmermann and Gary Rodin, the course features weekly lectures...
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...
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).
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.
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...
She's authentic. She's thoughtful. She's articulate.
An 82-year-old cancer patient recently discussed with Dr. Gary Rodin, Head of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, her decision to receive Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID).
"It's a personal decision," the woman, who preferred her name not be used, says in the interview.
Four days after the interview was filmed, she received MAID surrounded by close friends.
With the permission of the patient, the interview was filmed...
On the International Day of Older Persons, we spoke to Dr. Shabbir Alibhai, Medical Lead for the Older Persons with Cancer Clinic about how to provide the best care to older adults with cancer.
GIPPEC: Dr. Alibhai, How are the needs of older adults with cancer different from younger people with cancer?
Dr. Alibhai: As people get older, there is more often complexity with aging, meaning that...
The Department of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and GIPPEC developed an education platform, including a series of videos showing health professionals how to respond to patients who express a desire for assisted dying.
This is in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in February 2015, which struck down the ban on medical assistance in dying (MAID) for patients meeting specific eligibility requirements.
To see the framework and the education material visit: http://www.uhn.ca/healthcareprofessionals/MAID/