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(TORONTO, Canada – June 6, 2014) – A new institute at University Health Network (UHN) and the University of Toronto (U of T) will drive research into a controversial and neglected area of medicine: care for patients with life-threatening or terminal disease.
The Global Institute for Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC) brings together a diverse group of experts from across Toronto and around the world. It will generate research to underpin public policy and health systems, and to help clinicians deliver more effective and culturally sensitive care.
The institute will also educate a new generation of experts and researchers, as well as the public, on issues in palliative and end-of-life care.
"Many of the important questions regarding palliative and end-of-life care lie at the interface of medicine and society, and must be addressed from medical, psychological, ethical, legal, economic, cultural and other dimensions," says Dr. Gary Rodin, Head of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, UHN, and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at U of T, who will serve as director of the institute.
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