A Message for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

October 14, 2017 |

The theme for this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is “Don’t leave those suffering behind!”. While other countries, particularly those in the developing world struggle with providing access to quality palliative care, as Canadians we are very fortunate to benefit from the many programs and services in place to help patients and families.

But equally as Canadians we have that drive and empathy to be better and lend a helping hand to those in need. Days like today are important to help raise awareness and understanding of the medical, social, financial, practical and spiritual needs of people living with a life limiting illness and their families.
In support of the organizing team at the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance we lend our voice to echo the sentiments that palliative care needs to be integrated into workforce training and that continuing professional development opportunities be made available. To that end the de Souza Institute offers exceptional education opportunities for front line healthcare workers. Our course on Interprofessional Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (iEPECO) focuses on a person centred palliative care approach that addresses both physical and psychological challenges that patients and families encounter.

On this day I ask that you do your part to help raise awareness of palliative care. You can tweet or post on social media, you can have a conversation with a loved one or colleague, or you can enroll in our iEPECO course. No gesture is too small or too big. It is up to all of us to ensure that dialogue continues and that we don’t leave those suffering behind.

Executive Director, Dr. Mary Jane Esplen

Patient Teaching for Oral Chemotherapy and Biotherapy

September 7, 2017

On September 18, 2017, de Souza Institute, in partnership with Cancer Care Ontario will be launching a new online course: Patient Teaching for Oral Chemotherapy and Biotherapy.

With more and more oral chemotherapy and biotherapies being developed, cancer therapies are moving from intravenous infusions in outpatient clinics to oral medications taken in the patient’s home. However, there are significant safety and adherence issues when a patient is taking oral anti-cancer drugs in their home. The MASCC Oral Agent Teaching Tool (MOATT©) was designed by the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) to help healthcare providers consistently assess and educate patients who are taking oral agents to treat their cancer.

This 5 learning hour online course will not only introduce health care professionals to the MOATT© but will also cover safe handling precautions when administering and caring for patients receiving oral anti-cancer drugs. The course will describe using the MOATT© with the following three oral anti-cancer drugs as examples: capecitabine (Xeloda®), erlotinib (Tarceva®), and imatinib (Gleevec®).

Compassion Fatigue Can Have Lasting Effects on Veterinary Professionals

August 28, 2017

Compassion fatigue can have lasting effects on veterinary professionals. As a result there is an urgent need to increase mental health awareness and education in the workplace. An often overlooked segment of the health care professionals’ network veterinarians face daily challenges on how to cope with compassion fatigue, financial stress and loss.

In this Toronto Star article de Souza Institute Executive Director Dr. Mary Jane Esplen provides her expertise in helping identify and define some of the root causes that are leading to compassion fatigue challenges amongst veterinary professionals.

The full Toronto Star article can be read here.

More information about our course, Addressing Compassion Fatigue can be found here.

A Nursing First for London

May 12, 2017 | ,

London, Ontario – London Health Sciences Centre Nurse Practitioner Adrienne Fulford is the first nurse in London and the South West Local Health Integration Network (South West LHIN) to receive the prestigious de Souza Advance Practice Nurse (APN) Designation. She becomes only the fifth nurse in all of Ontario to receive this honour. The de … Read more