The Montreal Institute for Palliative Care is proud to announce its inaugural research project:

Compassionate Communities – A model of support and care

The Montreal Institute for Palliative Care, launched in the spring of 2018 as a branch of the West Island Palliative Care Residence, aims to extend the benefits of best-in-class palliative care to as many patients and families as possible through education, knowledge exchange and research.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Fondation J.-Louis Lévesque, the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care is pleased to announce the launch of its first research project, Compassionate Communities.  Collaborating with several municipalities in Montreal, this five-year project will build community-based programs that provide supportive environments and linkages for citizens of all ages dealing with serious diseases or in the later stages of their lives. The impact on quality of life of these community driven activities will be measured and the findings shared so that more communities can benefit.

With the help of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé to reach out to the research community and to conduct the scientific merit review, the project has been awarded to a team led by Dr. Antoine Boivin, Canada Research Chair on Patient and Public Partnerships at the Université de Montréal. The diversity and experience of the team, with investigators from McGill University, University of Ottawa, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, University of Bradford (United Kingdom) and other organizations, is exceptional.

Co-Design, implementation and participatory evaluation within the West and Centre-South territories of Montreal

The main objective of this proposed research program is to co-construct, implement and evaluate two compassionate communities in Montreal’s West Island and Centre-Sud neighbourhoods, using participatory methods. Anchored in an action-research approach, this 5-year research program will initially aim to produce a knowledge synthesis of existing international models, key success factors and a deeper understanding of the respective local contexts for compassionate community implementation. The research team will support implementation through public consultations, local cartography of available resources and periodic feedback to local actors. The participatory evaluation aims to further understand the implementation process and proximal outcomes of the compassionate communities, as expressed by patient quality of life, carer burden levels and health services use measures.