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At UHN, we strive to deliver Compassionate Care & Caring. Learn more about the services and supports that are available to you throughout your journey.
Our UHN programs and services are among the most advanced in the world. We have grouped our physicians,
staff, services and resources into 10 medical programs to meet the needs of our patients and help us make
the most of our resources.
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University Health Network has grown to be one of the largest research and teaching hospital networks in Canada - pioneers in improving the lives of patients. Our long history of health professions education at Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab hospitals has consistently advanced the science of education.
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The Conversation Lab™ is an educational and system-based initiative created in partnership with UHN to improve serious illness care and is made possible with generous support given to the UHN Foundation.
A health care system where every clinician is trained and empowered to skillfully discuss what matters most with their seriously ill patients and families.
Most healthcare providers in practice tell us they received very little training on how to communicate with their patients and families facing serious and life-threatening illness. The Conversation Lab™ was created to eliminate this education gap and lead research to enhance serious illness care in and beyond our health system.
Patients and families want their healthcare providers to discuss what matters most to them. Doing so results in less stress, increased goal-concordant care, and better quality of life. We've developed guides to help you have these conversations that are backed by evidence. Their language has been designed to support, empower and provide comfort to your patients and their loved ones while increasing your confidence to do this important work. They've also been shown to lead to more, earlier and better conversations. Our guides can be used for early advance care planning or later goals of care conversations, including breaking bad news conversations and family meetings.
"This is exactly what I wish I had been taught earlier in my training. Thank you for creating this helpful tool. It's made my family meetings so much more effective."—Ali, PGY2 Family Medicine
All resources are in PDF format unless otherwise indicated.
Patient and Family Guide – give to your patients and families to assist them in knowing what questions to ask in order to take control of their care.
Or use the QR code below to open the document:
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Clinician Conversation Guides – designed for you to lead a structured evidence-based serious illness conversation. Start at the top and work your way down to the bottom.
Or use the QR code to openTalking to your patient:
Or use the QR code to openTalking to their substitute decision-maker:
Communication Skills Guide – offers high-yield techniques to help you more confidently deliver serious news and respond to emotion with empathy. The evidence shows that investing in communication skills training enhances clinician empathy and leads to increased patient trust in their health care team.
Documentation Guide – shows you how to document your conversation in EPIC. It's important for everyone to be aware of what matters most to your patient and family to drive goal-concordant care.
Or use the QR code to openEPIC Documentation Guide:
Or use the QR code to openPlanning for your future care using myUHN Patient Portal:
We know you have great skills! We also recognize that becoming a skilled expert takes time and practice. Our 3 training options have been developed to help you refresh or build on your already-existing skillset.
1. Online learning modules – two 20-minute interactive courses available anytime. The first teaches you how to use our conversation guide and the second provides an overview of high-yield communication skills to more effectively discuss serious news and respond to anticipated emotions. These modules are prerequisites to attending our half-day skills workshop. Links coming soon!
2. Workshop – attend a half-day virtual or in-person workshop to practice your skills using
VitalTalk's™ internationally proven teaching method. We will review content from our e-modules and interact with standardized patients using real-world cases to practice skills. Contact us to learn how to organize a workshop for your specialty.
"After only a few hours of teaching, this workshop completely transformed my clinical practice and increased my confidence in having conversations about serious illness. I continue to use these skills every day and would highly recommend this training to any learner."—Natalie, PGY3 Enhanced Skills UofT Resident
3. Real-time coaching – direct observation and feedback currently being piloted at the Toronto Western Hospital through consultation with palliative care.
Thank you for being a part of the conversation.