Wednesday, April 11, 2012

End-of-life care - have the conversation!

On Wednesday, March 28th, 2012, 
the SHRTN Hospice Palliative Care Community of Practice presented 

"You can run but you can't hide- Making Difficult Conversations Easier" 

by guest speaker Elizabeth Causton. Elizabeth completed her Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1971. She has been working in the field and leading workshops and seminars in areas of Grief and Loss, Women's Issues, Self Esteem, The Art of Self Care and The Role of Social Work in Health Care for over 30 years. She worked at Victoria Hospice for 14 years. Although recently retired, she continues to teach workshops across Canada on a variety of topics related to psychosocial issues in health care for nurses, community health workers, physicians, and other health professionals as well as working with a research team at the University of Victoria exploring the caregiver experience in palliative care. 
For a video transcript of the session ( 1 hour 55 minutes in length) please click here.

National Ipsos-Reid poll indicates majority of Canadians haven't talked about their wishes for care

The March 2012 Ipsos-Reid national poll was conducted to better understand whether Canadians are engaging in advance care planning, a process of reflection and communication about personal care preferences and naming someone to speak for you in the event that you become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care.

The poll found that:
  • 86% of Canadians have not heard of advance care planning
  • less than half have had a discussion with a family member or friend about healthcare treatments if they were ill and unable to communicate
  • only 9% had ever spoken to a healthcare provider about their wishes for care
  • over 80% of Canadians do not have a written plan
  • only 46% have designated a Substitute Decision Maker - someone to speak on their behalf if they could not communicate 

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