Division of Palliative Care

Division of Palliative Care

The Division of Palliative Care at the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) is a community dedicated to enhancing medical education in palliative care and leading change at the system level across Canada. With demographics in Canada shifting toward a larger aging population, family physicians will be faced with patients increasingly in need of quality palliative care. That’s why DFCM and the Division of Palliative Care work to introduce family medicine students to palliative care early in their medical education, and provide many learning components throughout their postgraduate family medicine training.

Education in Palliative Care

Learning in Undergraduate & Postgraduate Studies
See how palliative care learning opportunities fit within your family medicine studies.

Professional Development

Incorporating Palliative Care in Family Practice
Refresh your practice with informative materials from our grand rounds and other resources.

Health Professions Community

Collaborate and Advocate
Get involved with an interprofessional community of health professionals to advocate and educate about palliative care.

Palliative Care: Too good to be true?

By Dr. Helen Senderovich and Kristen McFadyen

In a 2013 public opinion survey, 93% of Canadians agreed that palliative care relieves the burden on family members. The same survey also found that 94% of Canadians agreed palliative care improves quality of life for patients. And yet, many patients and their families are still hesitant to consult with a palliative care team, especially for patients who have chronic non-cancer end-stage illnesses.

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