New Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Research exposes palliative care stigma, calls for change

18/04/2016  |  Inside The PMCF |  Posted by: Ivy Cuervo

New research from Princess Margaret Cancer Centre reveals an ingrained stigma attached to the label “palliative care” among cancer patients, families and healthcare providers. The study, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), also concludes that this stigma impedes earlier access to supportive care that improves quality of life.

The findings signal the need to rebrand palliative care, says principal investigator Dr. Camilla Zimmermann, to ensure the full spectrum of supportive care is offered to improve quality of life from the moment of diagnosis through the course of illness.

Dr. Zimmermann is a clinician-scientist, Head, Palliative Care Program, UHN and Medical Director, Al Hertz Centre for Supportive and Palliative Care at the Princess Margaret. Her research was funded by various groups including The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

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