Thu, Oct 21|
2021 Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Conference Plenary
Learnings from 1000 deaths: Seven skills to be hopeful and prepared when facing serious illness
Time & Location
Oct 21, 2021, 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. EDT
About the event
Dr. Winemaker, a home-based palliative care physician, and Dr. Seow, a palliative care researcher, have cared for and interviewed thousands of patients and families as they faced death from a serious illness. They most often hear that patients and families feel overwhelmed, unprepared, and “in the dark” about what to expect next. Yet, some felt more prepared, in control, and “in the know.” What was the difference? They uncovered 7 skills that led patients and families from an “in the dark” to “in the know” experience. The skills enabled people to be more hopeful and prepared. Most importantly, the skills are simple and actionable at any stage in the illness journey. Thus, the skills can support an early palliative approach to care and ultimately change the story line of the illness experience. The skills are applicable to health care professionals, patients and caregivers.