On October 18th, 2019, the CMAJ published a response from the CSPCP regarding the article Canadian Guideline for Parkinson Disease. Our response provides clarification about Palliative Care & MAiD. Please share amongst your networks as you see fit.
Link to response: https://www.cmaj.ca/content/191/36/E989/tab-e-letters
(September 2019). The CSPCP’s Palliative Approach to Care Education Working group (PACE) has completed development of Postgraduate Competencies for Palliative Care: A Guidance Document in both EnglishandFrench
The document is intended to describe the palliative care competencies that specialists from disciplines other than Palliative Medicine should have upon completion of their residency in order to provide a palliative approach to care for people with life-threatening conditions, and their families.
The document will be circulated to Specialty Committees for whom the competencies are likely to be pertinent, including Family Medicine, and to stakeholders involved in palliative care medical education. The “PACE” competencies for postgraduate learners build upon competencies for undergraduate medical students that were updated in 2018. The CSPCP and champions in the medical education community will be advocating for inclusion of these competencies in the relevant curricula and examinations.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the project, including the PACE Working Group and the CSPCP Postgraduate Education Committee, and translators.
(September 2019) The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) is pleased to share recommended credentialing standards for specialist palliative care physicians practicing in Canada: Delivery of Palliative Care by Palliative Physicians in Canada – a Definitions Document July 2019 final – EN.
The palliative care needs of Canadians are best met through the provision of palliative care across primary and specialist levels of care, which requires physicians with differing levels of expertise and training, as described in the national Framework on Palliative Care in Canada. All physicians should have core competencies and skills in palliative care, taught at the undergraduate and postgraduate education levels, to be able to provide a palliative approach to care for their patients. For the development of specialized expertise in palliative care, we now have two certification routes developed for palliative care consultants: a Certificate of Added Competence through the College of Family Physicians of Canada and a Subspecialty in Palliative Medicine through the Royal College. Both routes support the development of consultant level, specialist palliative care expertise.
Recognition of these providers at the provincial level is necessary in order for us to begin to assess, measure and plan for human resources, including residency positions, needed across Canada to improve teaching, mentoring, research, program development and access to palliative care.