HSO launches expert Technical Committee to review, develop standards for improved health service quality

(OTTAWA) – Health Standards Organization (HSO) is committed to unleashing the power and potential of people who share our passion for quality health services. Today, HSO announced the members of our first ever standard development Technical Committee on Palliative and End-of-Life Care.

HSO’s rigorous standard development process is evidence-informed and consensus-based. It sources the best available evidence, leading expertise, and compelling experiences to create global standards that are applicable to local contexts. The Palliative and End-of-life Care Technical Committee develops standards and assesses leading practices related to care and services that people receive regardless of the healthcare setting. The services address diverse care needs focused on improving quality of life by partnering with people and their families to ensure that both physical and psychosocial needs are met. These services start early in the palliative care journey, not just at the end-of-life, and are commonly delivered by a diverse group of health care professionals, support workers, volunteers, and carers.

HSO’s historic Technical Committees for standard development establish the highest quality health systems standards because we don’t think anyone should aspire to anything less than the best for their health. People who make up health systems – patients, practitioners, and policy makers – are at the centre of everything HSO does, and at the table as full members of our committees.

Our standards are developed through a participatory and co-creative process in which the voices of patients, community members, families, health service providers, clinicians, and policy makers are heard.

Meet Our Technical Committee Members:

  • Carleen Brenneis, Director Palliative Institute, Covenant Health, Alberta Health Services (AHS)
  • David Henderson, Physician and President, Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, Nova Scotia
  • Eduardo Bruera, Physician, FT McGraw Chair in the Treatment of Cancer and Chair, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Centre
  • Esther Green, Director, Person-Centred Care Perspective, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Ontario
  • Ghislaine Rouly, Patient Partner, Quebec
  • Glenda Reid, Patient Partner, Newfoundland
  • Hsien Seow, Associate Professor McMaster University; Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care, Cancer and Health System Innovation
  • Jane Webley, Regional Program Leader, End of Life, Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Jennifer Bertrand, Director of Care, Golden Manor City of Timmins, Ontario
  • Jennifer Johanssen, Patient Partner, Ontario
  • Julie Lachance, Senior Policy Analyst, Health Canada, Ontario
  • Konrad Fassbender, Researcher and Scientific Director, University of Alberta, Covenant Health Palliative Institute
  • Pansy Angevine, Manager of Specialty Programs (Registered Nurse), Alberta Health Services (AHS)
  • Samantha Winemaker, Associate Clinical Professor; Community-based Physician, Department of Family Medicine, Division of Palliative Care, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine; Community Palliative Care On Call (CPOC) – Greater Hamilton Supportive Care and Community Outreach Program, Ontario
  • Sharon Baxter, Executive Director, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

“Palliative care is simply a synonym for patient-centred care. Setting standards in the former will ensure the latter.”
– Samantha Winemaker, Associate Clinical Professor; Community-based Physician, Department of Family Medicine, Division of Palliative Care, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine; Community Palliative Care On Call (CPOC) – Greater Hamilton Supportive Care and Community Outreach Program, Ontario

“The revised HSO palliative care standards will help ensure that patients and families have increased access to a palliative approach to care across all diseases, in all settings of care, and earlier in the disease trajectory.”

– Hsien Seow, Associate Professor McMaster University; Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care, Cancer and Health System Innovation

Members of these historic HSO Technical Committees will help drive the standards development process and ensure all that all points of view relating to a new standard or a proposed standard revision are represented. HSO Technical Committees include patients, families, clinicians and policy-makers to build world-leading health standards and assessment programs that enable people in their local jurisdictions save and improve lives. For more information: www.healthstandards.org @HSO_World.