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Dignity and Insights into the Culture of Caring

Title: Dignity and Insights into the Culture of Caring with Harvey Chochinov, MD, PhD, FRCPC    

CE/CME Offered:

CE/CME Credit Available: Counselor and Nurse

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Non-Member Price:  $210.00

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Length: 1.0 hour
Description: Helping patients maintain their dignity is a core principle of hospice palliative care. Translating that principle into action is not an easy task. This plenary session will address the relationship between dignity, compassion and end-of-life care.  Dr. Chochinov will introduce us to the concept of “dignity therapy” as an intervention that helps patients prepare for their dying with a sense of meaning and purpose to their living. In addition, he will explore how dignity can shape the culture of caring within contemporary medicine.


  • Discuss the importance of dignity in patient – healthcare provider interactions
  • Describe the empirical evidence that links dignity with a multitude of issues that affect the end-of-life experience
  • Identify various tools and approaches that can elicit personhood and shape clinical encounters

Harvey Max Chochinov, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and Director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, CancerCare Manitoba. His seminal publications addressing psychosocial dimensions of palliation have helped define core-competencies and standards of end-of-life care. He holds the only Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care. He did his undergraduate medical training and Psychiatric Residency at the University of Manitoba and completed a Fellowship in Psychiatric Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York. In 1998, he completed a PhD in the Faculty of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. 

Dr. Chochinov has been doing palliative care research since 1990 with funding support from local, provincial and national granting agencies. He is a grantee of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute and the National Institute of Health. His work has explored various psychiatric dimensions of palliative medicine, such as depression, desire for death, will to live and dignity at the end of life.

Dr. Chochinov has been a guest lecturer in most major academic institutions around the world.  He is the only psychiatrist in Canada to be designated as a Soros Faculty Scholar, Project on Death in America.  He is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and his provinces’ highest honour, the Order of Manitoba, for his work in palliative care. He is the Chair for the Canadian Virtual Hospice, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2006, he received the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s highest research award—the J.M. Cleghorn Award for Excellence and Leadership in Clinical Research. He is the 2008 recipient of the National Cancer Institute and Canadian Cancer Society O. Harold Warwick Prize. In 2009, the University of Manitoba bestowed its highest research honor, the Dr. John M. Bowman Rh Institute Foundation Award. Dr. Chochinov is the 2010 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology and has also received the 2010 International Psycho-Oncology Society’s Bernard Fox Memorial Award, which recognizes an individual’s outstanding contribution in education, research or leadership to the field of psycho-oncology.  In 2012, he received the FNG Starr Award, which has been described as the ‘Victoria Cross of Canadian Medicine’ and is the highest honor the Canadian Medical Association can bestow on one of its members in recognition of outstanding achievement. Dr. Chochinov has served on many prestigious boards, nationally and internationally. He was a member of the Governing Council of the CIHR for seven years, during which time he also chaired the CIHR Standing Committee on Ethics. He is the only Canadian to serve on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Palliative Care Research Center (NCY, USA); and the only Canadian to serve on the prestigious international scientific expert panel of the Cicely Saunders Foundation (London, UK). 

In addition to over 200 publications, he is the Co- Editor of the Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine, published by Oxford University Press (now in its second edition), and the Journal Palliative and Support Care, published by Cambridge University Press. He is a member of editorial boards for most major journals of palliative care. His most recent book, Dignity Therapy: Final Words for Final Days, is published by Oxford University Press and was the 2012 winner of the American Publisher’s Association Prose Award for Clinical Medicine. 


Planners: Barbara L. Bouton, MA, FT and Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN,   RN have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Faculty:  Harvey Max Chochinov, MD, PhD, FRCPC has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

CE/CME Credit Hours: Counselor:  1.0 Clock Hour
Nurse: 1.0 Contact Hour
Completion: In order to complete this online activity and obtain CE/CME credit, participants must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have access to the course for 90 days from the date of purchase.
CE/CME Info:

Counselor: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6232. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHPCO is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Nurse:  NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this enduring material for maximum of 1.0 contact hour. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.

Release Date: March 13, 2014

Review Date: 

March 13, 2017
Expiration Date: March 13 2020

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