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Opioid Safety Recommendations in Adult Palliative Medicine

(Nov. 2021) The CSPCP is pleased to share a summarized versionof an article published in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, entitled Opioid safety recommendations in adult palliative medicine: a North American Delphi expert consensus.

The CSPCP is grateful to Dr. Jenny Lau and her research team for completion of full study and the “summarized version. The CSPCP partnered with the researchers by a) helping find participants and b) reviewing the list of 130 recommendations that emerged from the Delphi study, and selecting those that are most pertinent for specialist palliative care physicians. The recommendations span six major areas:

  • General principles
  • Measures for healthcare institution and PC training and clinical programs
  • Patient and caregiver assessments
  • Prescribing practices
  • Monitoring
  • Patients and caregiver education.

  • In addition, the CSPCP identified 8 high-priority research areas from the larger list.
    We are increasingly aware of potential non-medical use and harms related to opioids in our patient populations. The study and the summary provide excellent practice guidelines for safe opioid prescribing for our adult patients.

Funding Announcement for Pan-Canadian Palliative Care Research Collaborative

(Nov 17, 2021) Today the Pan-Canadian Palliative Care Research Collaborative announced the receipt of $2.5 million from Health Canada to support a network of researchers, clinicians, and community in advancing palliative care for patients and caregivers. View press release here.

The CSPCP is proud to work with the PCPCRC as a part of the network and are excited to be a part of cross-collaborative and impactful research that supports the needs of Canadians.

The funding will support 14 projects across the country that focus on impacting patient and caregiver experiences through new models and tools, new medications and therapies for symptom management, and the impacts of COVID-19 on care, grief, and bereavement.

Winner – Undergraduate Narrative Award

Congratulations to McMaster University student Kay Wu, winner of the 2021 Undergraduate Narrative Award for Palliative Medicine for a narrative she submitted to the contest. Kay Wu will receive a cash prize of $500, generously sponsored by Pallium Canada.

Happy Inibhunu (University of Toronto) and Sydney Sparanese both received honourable mention for a poem and video they submitted, respectively.

We will encourage these students to submit their narratives for potential publication in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and we will post them as soon as we are able. Published narratives from past years’ contest are posted here.

Each year the award also recognizes a palliative care physician who has shown an enduring commitment to the integration of the arts and humanities into the practice of palliative medicine. This year’s honouree is Dr. Douglas McGregor from The University of British Columbia (UBC).

Dr. Douglas McGregor

Thank you to all entrants and to the 2021 judging committee: Margaret Cottle (CSPCP Undergraduate Education Committee), Dr. Douglas McGregor (Honoree, UBC), Carol-Ann Courneya (Advisor), Cori Schroder (CSPCP Awards Committee), and Barbara Sibbald (CMAJ).

For detailed information about this award, see the Awards Page on this web site.

Winner of the 2021 Palliative Medicine Resident Research Award

Congratulations to Dr. Jalal Ebrahim, from the University of Toronto, for winning the 2021 Palliative Medicine Resident Research Award. He was selected by audience vote, via webinar, for his presentation Improving Advance Care Planning for Patients Admitted to Cardiology with Congestive Heart Failure Exacerbations.

Congratulations to the other finalists too, for their excellent presentations about their scholarly projects: Dr. Samantha Lam from the University of Alberta, and Dr. Elizabeth Wu from the University of British Columbia.

A great deal of work took place to make this possible. Thank you to all residents who submitted abstracts; to Amit Arya, Aynharan Sinnarajah, and Caitlin Lees for reviewing the blinded abstracts; to the CSPCP members who attended the webinar; to the CSPCP admin team for organizing the virtual event; and to James Downar for leading everyone!

2021 Palliative Medicine Resident Research Award Competition – Congratulations to the Top 3 Finalists!

This award is for the best scholarly project by a resident enrolled in a palliative medicine residency program in Canada. Residents are invited to submit their abstract as an opportunity to share their work and build their presentation skills for a chance to win $1000.

The top three finalists are:

  • Dr. Jalal Ebrahim, University of Toronto
    Improving Advance Care Planning for Patients Admitted to Cardiology with Congestive Heart Failure Exacerbations
  • Dr. Samantha Lam, University of Alberta
    Sarcopenic Obesity as a Predictor of Dyspnea and Function in Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Dr. Elizabeth Wu, University of British Columbia
    Prolonged Grief and Bereavement Supports within Caregivers who Transition through a Large Palliative Care Program


The abstracts were selected by a review team and scored based on: innovation, scholarship (e.g. evidence-based, use of theoretical framework/principles), relevance to palliative care, contribution of the work to the field, and the residents’ ability to transmit that knowledge in the abstract.

The competition will take place in September where CSPCP members will be invited to a webinar to listen to all three presentations and vote for the abstract they believe meets the criteria.

Congratulations to Dr. Jalal Ebrahim, Dr. Samantha Lam, and Dr. Elizabeth Wu on their successful submissions!