Global News: Innovations in Palliative Care Could Improve Access for Canadians

A chronic shortage of palliative care services across the country could be alleviated through innovations in training across the health care spectrum, according to a leading Canadian palliative care doctor.

Dr. Jose Pereira, scientific officer of Pallium Canada and director of research at the College of Family Physicians of Canada, told Global News health care workers don’t get enough training in the essentials of palliative care, leaving patients to wait for specialists.

“Most of the patients do not experience very, very complicated issues,” said Pereira. “So, they can benefit from palliative care earlier in the illness provided by these professionals.”

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