Lexicon of Terms related to the Integrated Palliative Approach to Care

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Like all health care practices, hospice palliative care has its own language and terminology. This lexicon of terms is designed to help those interested in implementing the integrated palliative approach to care develop a common language and understanding.

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For citation: Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, Lexicon, The Way Forward Initiative: An Integrated Palliative Approach to care, 2014.

Regional health programs or authorities

Health planning organizations responsibilities for setting policies, allocating resources to support care and approving organizational plans to deliver services.


Regional team

Regional teams are functional units designed to provide oversight and expert support for formal caregivers and multiple care teams within a given population/region/setting of care.