Palliative and End-of-Life Care
All Canadians with cancer should get the best possible palliative care when they need it and in the place of their choice. That care should address the individual physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and the people who care for them.
Palliative Approach to Care
To enable patients with cancer to experience that kind of care, the Canadian cancer care system needs to make two key changes:
- Health care administrators should adopt, develop and implement standards or practice guidelines to identify, assess and refer patients to palliative care services earlier in their cancer experience to ensure optimal quality of life.
- Provincial and territorial governments should ensure that adequate community-based multi-disciplinary palliative care services are available at home, in hospices and in long-term care facilities to ensure that palliative and end-of-life needs are met and to reduce reliance on acute care.
Palliative Care Matters
Early integration of palliative care for people with cancer leads not only to an improved quality of life—better symptom control, reduced anxiety and pain, and more support for emotional, social and spiritual needs—but also to greater satisfaction with care. In some cases, palliative care prolongs survival.
Explore the rest of the findings on the current state of palliative and end-of-life care across Canada in our report using the links below.
Download the report (PDF)
Download the figures and tables (PPT)
Download the PEOLC Reference Report (PDF)
Download the PEOLC technical appendix (PDF)
Download the PEOLC Data Tables (Excel)
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