The Global Institute for Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC) brings together a diverse group of experts from across Toronto and around the world. It will generate research to underpin public policy and health systems, and to help clinicians deliver more effective and culturally sensitive care.
The institute will also educate a new generation of experts and researchers, as well as the public, on issues in palliative and end-of-life care.
"Many of the important questions regarding palliative and end-of-life care lie at the interface of medicine and society, and must be addressed from medical, psychological, ethical, legal, economic, cultural and other dimensions," says Dr. Gary Rodin, Head of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, UHN, and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at U of T, who will serve as director of the institute.
"The institute will help us build partnerships and collaborations locally and internationally in this emerging research field, to ensure that meaningful evidence informs health policy, clinical practice and public awareness," says Rodin, who also holds the Harold and Shirley Lederman Chair in Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at UHN and U of T. "Our goal is to ensure timely access to palliative and end-of-life care throughout the world."