The Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network (CARENET) is a group of health care professionals from across the country that collaborate with each other to understand and improve palliative and end-of-life care.


Development and Evaluation of a Family-Partnered Care Pathway for Critically Ill Older Patients

A new CIHR-funded study conducted by CARENET members and researchers at the University of Calgary will develop and evaluate a family-partnered care pathway for critically ill older patients (>70 yrs.) admitted to the intensive care unit. Read more...


Educational interventions to train healthcare professionals in end-of-life communication: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Practicing healthcare professionals and graduates exiting training programs are often ill-equipped to facilitate important discussions about end-of-life care with patients and their families. We conducted a systematic review to evaluate the effectiveness of educational interventions aimed at providing healthcare professionals with training in end-of-life communication skills, compared to usual curriculum.

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An electronic quality of life and practice support system (QPSS) for person-centered older adult care


A free webinar organized by the Canadian Frailty Network

Time: April 20 from 12 to 1PM EST

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 The imperative of person-centered care requires that the voices of palliative older adults and their families are represented at all levels of health care decision making. Routine assessments of perceived healthcare needs and quality of life (QOL) can make patient and family caregiver concerns more visible to healthcare professionals, so they can be effectively monitored and addressed. These assessments involve asking people about symptoms, physical, psychological and social wellbeing, and their experiences with healthcare. Join Network investigators Richard Sawatzky and Kara Schick-Makaroff as they discuss the design and integration into care of an Quality of Life Assessment and Practice Support System (QPSS). Developed in collaboration with healthcare professionals, patients, and family caregivers, QPSS is a tablet-based practice support tool for adaptation by clinicians in multiple care settings (hospital, home care) that assesses health and QOL concerns of older people who have chronic life-limiting illnesses and those of their family caregivers.

Predicting Performance Status 1 Year After Critical Illness in Patients 80 Years or Older: Development of a Multivariable Clinical Prediction Model.

Heyland DK, Stelfox HT, Garland A, Cook D, Dodek P, Kutsogiannis J, Jiang X, Turgeon AF, Day AG; Canadian Critical Care Trials Group and the Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network. Predicting Performance Status 1 Year After Critical Illness in Patients 80 Years or Older: Development of a Multivariable Clinical Prediction Model. Crit Care Med. 2016 Apr 13. 

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