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Palliative care pilot targets COPD and CHF patients

North West CCAC program ensures more time for end of life planning.


The North West CCAC Palliative Care Team- Left to right (back row) are Aaron Medd, Marg Poling, Lynda Roussel, Jacalyn Cop-Rasmussen and Calvin Pelletier. Pictured in the front row are Melora Serediuk, Donald Hutchinson, Suzie Gabriele. Missing are Dr. Kevin Miller and Ian Ritchie.

The North West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) has launched a pilot program to enhance palliative care for patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure (CHF).

In operation since October, the Palliative COPD/CHF Program (PCCP) takes into consideration the unpredictable nature of the two chronic diseases.

“This population has a different trajectory than the typical cancer patient or the frail elderly patient,” explained Ian Ritchie, the North West CCAC’s director of community care. “In the last 12 months of their life, they experience periods of illness and then periods of recovery. In these periods of recovery when things are better, the system says ‘You’re better now. You don’t need palliative care.’   Read the Rest of this article from the Northern Ontario Medical Journal