A Palliative Approach to Care in the Last 12 Months of Life BPG (2020)
A Palliative Approach to Care in the Last 12 Months of Life is a best practice guideline (BPG) which provides evidence-based recommendations to nurses and the interprofessional health team who support adults (18 years and older) experiencing the last 12 months of a progressive life-limiting illness, their families and their caregivers.
The goals of the recommendations are to:
- (a) improve delivery of psychosocial, spiritual and culturally safe care;
- (b) enhance coordination of care; and
- (c) facilitate supportive work environments.
This BPG is applicable to all practice settings where persons and families require palliative care and end-of-life care services (e.g., acute care, community care, and long-term care). It has 11 evidence-based recommendations and addresses the following areas: the domains of psychosocial, spiritual and culturally safe care; interprofessional care planning and delivery; and strategies to support health providers who provide palliative care and end-of-life care.
For more information, please visit: https://rnao.ca/bpg/guidelines/palliative-approach-care-last-12-months-life
The Ontario Palliative Care Competency Framework (2019)
This reference guide for health professionals and volunteers describes the knowledge, personal attributes and skills providers need to deliver high-quality palliative care in Ontario. Applying these competencies in practice will lead to better care for people with a life-limiting condition, and encourage collaboration among professionals and organizations providing palliative care.
This framework is a deliverable from the Ontario Palliative Care Network Action Plan, as part of building provider competencies in hospice palliative care. It complements Health Quality Ontario’s quality standard, Palliative Care: Care for Adults with a Progressive, Life-Limiting Illness; and the OPCN’s Health Services Delivery Framework recommendations.
- Includes key professions commonly involved in palliative care delivery in Ontario
- Describes profession-specific and shared competencies
- Organizes competencies into 13 domains essential to palliative care practice
- Includes competencies for those caring for patient or family with life-limiting conditions, plus additional ones for those specializing in palliative care
- Incorporates competencies specific to caring for First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous peoples
- Validated by health professional colleges and associations
- Adapted from the Nova Scotia Competency Framework, and Ireland’s Palliative Care Competence Framework
For more information, please visit: https://www.ontariopalliativecarenetwork.ca/en/competencyframework
Palliative Care Quality Standards - Health Quality Ontario (2018)
This quality standard addresses palliative care for people who are living with a serious, life-limiting illness, and for their family and caregivers. The goal of palliative care is to relieve pain and suffering, and to improve a person’s quality of life. This quality standard focuses on care for people in all settings, including home and community, hospice, hospital, and long-term care.
For more information, please visit: https://www.hqontario.ca/evidence-to-improve-care/quality-standards/view-all-quality-standards/palliative-care
- Hospice-Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO): https://www.hpco.ca
- Canadian Palliative Care Nursing Association (CPCNA): https://www.cpcna.ca
- Canadian Virtual Hospice (CVH): https://www.virtualhospice.ca
- Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA): https://www.chpca.ca
- Speak Up Canada: https://www.advancecareplanning.ca
- Canadian Grief Alliance: http://www.canadiangriefalliance.ca
- American Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA): https://advancingexpertcare.org
- American Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC): https://www.capc.org