Palliative care is care that focuses on quality of life of patients and families. By focusing on care guided by patients’ values and best interests, palliative care leads to better quality of life and satisfaction with care, as well as people getting the most appropriate care for their needs.
There are gaps in palliative care across the country.
Indicators such as location of death, use of acute care before death and referrals to formal palliative care show that there is significant room for improvement. Many Canadians who require palliative care receive it in acute and emergency care, if they receive it at all. About 45%of cancer patients die in acute care hospitals even though most Canadians prefer to die at home. Not only are acute care settings more costly than dedicated palliative care, they are also not as equipped to provide the most appropriate care to palliative care patients and their families.
(Canadian Cancer Society, 2016)
This section will list resources such as reports and key messages surrounding palliative care issues in Canada.
PDF: Key message document from the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC, June 2018)
PDF: Right to Care: Palliative care for all Canadians (Canadian Cancer Society, 2016)