Some of the Research and Project areas that we are currently involved with:
The Art and Science of Prognostication - This project is about how to communicate prognosis with your palliative care patient (Dr Ray Viola).
Interprofessional Collaboration Education Project - Phase 2 (2007-2008)
Project Title: “Mentoring Interprofessional Primary Health Care Teams in Collaborative Palliative Care Practice.”
This proposal advances the work of the project “Mentoring Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner – Family Physician Dyads in Collaborative Palliative Care Practice” that received funding from the Interprofessional Leadership, Mentorship, Preceptorship and Coaching Fund in 2006-07 by supporting the mentoring relationships established in Phase 1 of the project and building on, and further increasing capacity in team based interprofessional education locally and within neighbouring regions. This project aims at building regional relationships between interprofessional primary health care teams (e.g., family physicians, primary health care nurse practitioners, APN’s, RN’s, social workers, pharmacists, and others –mentees) and palliative care experts (palliative care physicians and advanced practice nurses – mentors) to increase competencies in palliative care knowledge and skills, and interprofessional collaborative practice of both mentees and mentors. This project will be completed by June 2009.
Interprofessional Collaboration Education Project Phase 3 (2008-2009)
Project Title: "Mentoring Interprofessional Primary Health Care Teams in Collaborative Palliative Care Practice – Building Capacity"
This program involves a partnership of two academic centres (University of Western Ontario and Queen’s Universities), three regional cancer centres (Hôpital régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital Regional Cancer Program, Grand River Regional Cancer Centre and the Erie St Clair Regional Cancer Program), the provincial agency, Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) and the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario (NPAO). Queens’ University is the lead organization and will be responsible for the overall project management of this program including finances with full support from Dr. Lewis Tomalty Senior Associate Dean, Medical Education, Faculty of Health Sciences. The leaders and their teams at each of the academic centres and their respective clinical programs are experienced in providing interprofessional education and mentorship. Each team will be responsible for mentoring for at least two primary health care teams in their LHIN region and an adjacent LHIN. This project will be completed by September 2010.