“Dignity in Care” seminar: Dignity in Care is an approach that acknowledges care tenor or ‘tone of care’ as a vital element of healthcare. Dignity in Care subsumes various important and related concepts including personhood, therapeutic effectiveness, and the notion of healthcare provider as witness. This seminar will introduce attendees to these critical issues, along with various studies – illustrated by clinical case examples - that attest to their importance in shaping patient experience. Attendees will also be exposed to various tools and approaches that can help them achieve optimal care tenor, and hence Dignity in Care.
Biographical Sketch: Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and Director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, CancerCare Manitoba. His seminal publications addressing psychosocial dimensions of palliation have helped define core-competencies and standards of end-of-life care. He holds the only Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care. His research has been supported by various agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute and the National Institute of Health. Dr. Chochinov has been a guest lecturer in most major academic institutions around the world. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Order of Manitoba. In 2014, he was appointed an Officer in the Order of Canada for his work in palliative care. He is the Chair for the Canadian Virtual Hospice, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2012, he received the FNG Starr Award, which is the highest honour the Canadian Medical Association can bestow on one of its members. In addition to over 300 publications, he is the Co-Editor of the Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine, published by Oxford University Press, and the Journal Palliative and Support Care, published by Cambridge University Press. His most recent book, Dignity Therapy: Final Words for Final Days, is published by Oxford University Press and was the 2012 winner of the American Publisher’s Association Prose Award for Clinical Medicine.