Resources for healthcare providers

Home and Community Care Support Services Champlain: Protocols and Resources

Expected Death in the Home (EDITH) Protocol

EDITH supports end of life care in the home and an individual's expressed wishes for no resuscitation when their heart stops beating or they stop breathing. This supports an expected death that is a natural and inevitable end to an irreversible illness. Death is recognized as an expected outcome. If someone has a completed EDITH, it should be available in the Chart in the Home.


Palliative Sedation Guidelines

Palliative sedation:

    • is a last resort option when all other treatments have failed
    • should not be confused with sedation that results as an adverse side-effect from the treatment of a symptom
    • begins when the intention or goal of treatment is to achieve sedation in a patient who is at the end of life and has a symptom(s) that cannot be controlled
  • Champlain Palliative Sedation Guidelines (2018)

Free Palliative Education

McMaster University Online CPD Program (Free)

MacMaster University is offering free access to its online courses for healthcare providers.  They have a broad range of course offerings, including Palliative Care, Fluids and Electrolytes and Older Adults.


Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) modules

Pallium, in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), is providing access to two COVID-specific palliative care modules for all health care professionals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Palliative Medicine Resource Library

The Palliative Medicine Resource Library guides palliative medicine trainees, or those interested in improving their knowledge on palliative medicine topics, through the vast collection of online resources.

This website is a “living” resource; it will remain up-to-date to keep professionals informed about the evolving landscape of palliative medicine. The Palliative Medicine Resource Library aims to be useful to medical students, residents, and independent physicians who require general information about palliative medicine or to inform specific clinical or research questions.

Communication tips for leading serious illness conversations

Serious Illness Conversation Guide 

The Serious Illness Conversation Guide offers clinicians language to ask patients about their goals, values and wishes. The program’s goal is for every seriously ill patient to have more frequent, improved, and earlier conversations with their clinicians about their goals, values, and priorities that will inform their future care.

COVID-19 resources and clinical guidance

Ontario Palliative Care Network  

The Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) has a number of palliative care resources and guidance to support healthcare providers. This includes COVID-19 resources, health system and clinical guidance, toolkits and reports.  

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