Compassionate Communities

 In Canada, about 50% of adults live with a chronic disease. For a majority of these incurable diseases, the end-of-life trajectory gradually evolves over several years, with frequent transitions between home, community care, hospitals and specialized palliative care facilities. The compassionate community approach provides an end-of-life health promotion perspective, capitalizing on a synergy between the life forces of the community and the health system. By providing support from palliative care in the clinic to the community and vice versa, continuity of care is ensured for the patient, and end-of-life learning is created with the community. Several hundred compassionate communities have been implemented and evaluated around the world, but this model remains relatively unknown in Canada, particularly in Francophone communities. Understanding how the location and effects of compassionate communities vary according to the characteristics of the communities in which they are located is important to inform the adaptation and scaling-up of compassionate communities in a diverse country like Canada.

The main objective of the proposed action-research project is to co-construct, implement and evaluate in a participatory manner two compassionate communities in the West Island and in the Centre-South neighbourhood of Montreal.

Contributions

Conference Presentations

Bostock A. 2020 virtual CHPCA Learning Institute.  Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA). Ottawa (Canada). November 2, 2020. Online conference.

Daneault S., Boivin A. En quoi le modèle des communautés bienveillantes peut constituer une avancée pour les soins.  SFAP-FISP Congress. June 13-15, 2019. Paris (France). Oral presentation.

Daneault S., Bostock A., Weil D., Boivin A. Un projet de recherche sur les communautés bienveillantes.  Curie-Sherbrooke Partnership, Interfaculty Service for Palliative and End-of-Life Care (SISPFV). Sherbrooke (Canada). February 27, 2020.

Guest Presentations

Boivin A. La communauté bienveillante – un modèle pour les soins palliatifs? 29th Annual conference of the Association québécoise de soins palliatifs (AQSP).  Montreal (Canada). May 8th, 2019. Closing Plenary.

Boivin A., Rouly G. Soigner avec la communauté: Du début à la fin de la vie.  Annual Day of the Chaire de la famille Blanchard pour l’enseignement et la recherche en soins palliatifs. May 28, 2019.  Montreal (Canada).  Oral presentation.

Rouly G (panelist). End of Life in Primary Health Care in Canada. Webinar from the Pan-Canadian Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI). PIHCI Network Learning Series 2020-2021 #4. March 23th 2021. Recording available by clicking on this link  [1h à 1h11].

Weil D, Bostock A. Mobilizing communities and stakeholders in the health care sector to increase capacity and quality of palliative care, cost effectively for the benefit of patients and their families. Presentation as part of the CPRL 223 course – Basics of Public Relations. McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies. May 28, 2019.

Weil D, Bostock A. Mobilizing communities and stakeholders in the health care sector to increase capacity and quality of palliative care, cost effectively for the benefit of patients and their families.  Presentation as part of the CPRL 540 course  – Communication Planning. McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies. June 4 and 25, 2019.

Media Relations: Interviews

Interview with Ghislaine Rouly by journalist Stéphane Bureau. Program Bien entendu. Radio-Canada Ici Première. December 23, 2019.

Interview of Serge Daneault with Dominique Lortie. Program: Un partenaire à votre santé [A partner for your health]. Radio VM. February 2021. Recording available (in French only) shortly by clicking on this link. More information on the program (in French only) at:  https://www.radiovm.com/ecouter/programmation/un-partenaire-a-votre-sante

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