University of Alberta recognized by CFHI for innovative ILD program

Congratulations to the fine folks at the University of Alberta for the recognition they received for their Patient-Centred ILD Collaborative for Early Integrated Palliative Care program by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI).

This program, along with 24 others, was selected based on its role as an emerging innovation regarding palliative care in Canada. Consisting of a collaborative network of healthcare teams that provide care for individuals living with Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) from diagnosis to death, this program demonstrates a new way of patient-centered care that may influence current practices in Canada.

The program is made up of a multidisciplinary ILD specialty clinic, an ILD-specific pulmonary rehab program, primary care practitioners, allied health home care staff, and a patient support group.

The CPFF commends the University of Alberta for its leadership, and supports their goal to give personalized, self-directed, early, and prompt symptom management. These efforts reinforce the importance of maximizing a patient’s quality of life, as well as quality of death and dying.

About the CFHI:

The CFHI is a not-for-profit organization funded by Health Canada. CFHI identifies proven innovations and accelerates their spread across Canada by supporting healthcare organizations to adapt, implement and measure improvements in patient care, population health and value for money.