The Rural Palliative Home Care Project’s goal was to implement and evaluate an integrated palliative care project in three rural areas: one in Nova Scotia and two in Prince Edward Island. The project report states that key components of the project included access and referral through a single entry point, the development of a common palliative care assessment tool and home chart, coordination by a case manager, care delivered by an interdisciplinary team, and enhanced education of nursing staff, doctors, and volunteers on palliative care issues. The project had a substantial educational initiative that included front-line education on palliative care issues for health care providers, clergy, and volunteers; resource team education; and continuing medical education for physician and faculty development. The front-line education was given to 226 individuals, and evaluation showed that it was well received and that these individuals retained the knowledge they gained three months after the workshop.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.