In addition to the care we provide, education and research are key components of the Temmy Latner Centre's work, and have been since its inception. "We've been clear on that from the beginning," says Centre Director Dr. Russell Goldman, "this is an academic program."
Staff at the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care are international leaders in end-of-life care, and are committed to advancing knowledge in palliative care, offering new treatment options and improving service to our patients.
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The Temmy Latner Centre was established to provide palliative care to patients at Mount Sinai Hospital, but it quickly became clear that patients would often prefer to die at home, surrounded by their family and their loved ones.
We pioneered the use of palliative care for patients in their own homes. Our team of doctors is dedicated to caring for palliative patients in their own homes.
Our doctors are available to provide palliative care to your patients or advise you in your own care to your patients who are palliative.
In an ideal world, the quality and delivery of health care would have nothing to do with geography. It wouldn't matter where you live; you would be able to get the same services, and the same quality of service. Sadly, we don't live in an ideal world. The reality is that availability of palliative care services in Ontario is patchy at best. And what applies in Ontario is also true of Canada in general, and the world at-large.
How do we get from this current reality, to an Ontario where palliative care services are available to everyone, no matter where they live? And consider, we're talking about the real world, where resources are limited. Even if the money were available, it would take a long time to train enough palliative care physicians to cover the whole of Ontario — currently not even the whole Greater Toronto Area is adequately covered.
The pragmatic solution is to take the skills and knowledge resident in our few centres of excellence, such as the Temmy Latner Centre, and disseminate them on two fronts: to the existing medical fraternity — surgeons, family doctors, oncologists, pediatricians, etc. — and to the cohorts of medical students passing through Canadian universities.
This is the vision that has inspired the Centre's education initiatives since its inception.
Research at the Temmy Latner Centre aims to lessen the suffering and difficulties of living and dying with a life-threatening illness. This work seeks to understand and improve the experience and delivery of palliative care, especially care given at home and care and grief of children. Some specific questions we are answering: