Presented by: Kyle Whitfield, Eleanor Foster
Collaborative model used to develop a resource guide for communities to enhance their palliative and end of life care: The case of Alberta, Canada
In response to the desire of community organizations in Alberta for information and guidance as they seek to improve palliative and end of life care in their communities, a large number of organizations collaborated to develop a resource guide. In order to achieve this goal, it was first necessary to identify the common information needs of Alberta communities as they pursue their vision for improving local Palliative and End-of-Life Care. A committee comprised of representatives from Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health, Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association, Hospice Societies, University researchers, Indigenous Health and Palliative Care physicians surveyed numerous community groups and stakeholders about their information needs, and as a result of their feedback several themes were identified which formed the basis of the Resource Guide for Community-based Palliative and End-of-Life Care. This oral presentation will leave participants with a good understanding of how multiple stakeholders can work together to strengthen community-led palliative and end-of-life care, at a provincial level, when there is a common goal.