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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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Care for your patients

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.

More information about our referral process...

More information about palliative care phone support...

More information about resources for your patients...

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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.

More information for medical undergraduates...

More information for medical postgraduates...

More information for practising health-care professionals...

More information for registered learners...

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Our vision for research starts and ends with the patient’s and their caregiver’s experience of care.

Consistent with the evolving definition of palliative care as promoting principles of excellent communication and care throughout a person’s illness trajectory, our understanding of the patient’s experience is broader than their episode of palliative care. Implicit in our Centre’s vision, that patients will experience seamless care, is the need for care to be person-centred. This term typically connotes a need for care to consider the patient holistically as an individual with complex needs, and ensure that care addresses these needs and those of the patient’s caregivers. Although not included in this definition, our perspective is that person-centred care must address the needs of health-care providers as well in providing this complex care. Research at our Centre aims to make person-centred care a reality, not just within our Centre, but across the health system. 

More information about our research program


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