Palliative Care Resources

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 BPG (2020) Title Page

 

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

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PALLATIVE_CARE_FINAL_WEB_1.pdf 7.5 MB

The Ontario Palliative Care Competency Framework (2019)

The Ontario Palliative Care Competency Framework (2019) Title Page

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.

Highlights:

  • 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

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OPCNCompetencyFramework.pdf 1.41 MB

Palliative Care Quality Standards - Health Quality Ontario (2018)

Palliative Care at End of Life 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

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