Canadian Virtual Hospice

Canadian Virtual Hospice

May 09, 2008 09:00 ET

Canadian Virtual Hospice a Welcome Resource

National Hospice Palliative Care Week May 4 to May 10, 2008

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 9, 2008) - Each and every day, including throughout National Hospice Palliative Care Week, more than 1,000 people visit the Canadian Virtual Hospice for information about palliative care.

"If you mention the words 'palliative care,' people think about dying," says Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov, Chair of the Canadian Virtual Hospice. "But, if you've spent any time in a palliative care setting, you soon realize that palliative care is all about living. Canadians who visit are focused on helping their friends and family members achieve the best possible quality of life, right up until the end of life."

The Canadian Virtual Hospice is an e-health pioneer, offering detailed health information and quick, online access to a team of expert health care providers. People who submit questions to the site's Ask A Professional feature receive a confidential answer from one of the doctors or nurses with the site's health care team.

"People don't know what to expect when they or someone they know is told they have a terminal illness," says Shelly Cory, Executive Director of the Canadian Virtual Hospice. "We offer health information people can trust. We also provide a safe place for people to ask questions they may not feel comfortable asking anywhere else."

Many of questions submitted to the health care team through Ask a Professional relate to some aspect of a patient's physical well-being. The team also receives questions from people who are struggling with how to communicate with friends and family members.

"There is no special way to talk to someone near the end of life," says Dr. Chochinov. "On, we suggest people just be themselves and listen for cues from the person with the illness. Part of our role is to help people make the very best of whatever time they have left."

As Canada's population ages and existing resources are stretched to meet the needs of increasing numbers of people needing palliative care, the Canadian Virtual Hospice expects to play an ever-increasing role in providing information and individualized support.

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Contact Information

  • To arrange an interview with Dr. Chochinov, please contact:
    Rhea Yates
    (204) 896-6926 or (204) 232-0840 (cell)