Discussion 5.1: Training and Supports

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A 2014 Ipsos Reid Survey commissioned by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) of general practitioners, family physicians and nurses in primary care found that 20-25% of practicing physicians are not very comfortable or not comfortable at all, 50% are only somewhat comfortable and only 25-30% of practicing physicians felt very comfortable providing palliative or end of life care.

"An appropriately trained workforce is required to improve access, quality and consistency of palliative care in Canada. This applies to all health care professions providing a palliative approach in all settings of care, including but not limited to: physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers, psychosocial spiritual care practitioners, rehabilitation professionals, respiratory therapists, recreation therapists, music therapists, psychologists, and volunteers.” https://www.cspcp.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Palliative-Care-Medical-Education-Feb-2018.pdf

As a health care provider, what do you consider appropriate training to provide a palliative approach to care?  Do you feel you have the support you need to provide a palliative approach to care?

This consultation is now closed.


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