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A high proportion of terminally ill patients have unmet needs for psychological support, though cancer patients receive better targeted end-of-life care, resulting in a decrease in psychological distress for cancer patients when compared to other terminally ill patients.
Source: Gruneir A, Frise Smith T, Hirdes J, Cameron R. (2005). Depression in patients with advanced illness - An examination of Ontario complex continuing care using the Minimum Data Set 2.0. Palliative and Supportive Care, 3(2), 99-105.
The Propel Centre for Population Health Impact (Propel) is a collaborative enterprise that conducts research, evaluation and knowledge exchange to move evidence into action, accelerating improvements in the health of populations in Canada and around the world.
Supported by a Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute major program grant (2011-2016), the University of Waterloo and more than 30 grants and contracts from federal and provincial governments and NGOs, Propel’s niche is relevant and rigorous science that informs policies and practice to prevent cancer and chronic disease.
Major program areas are tobacco control, including collaboration and synergy with the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project, youth health, focusing on healthy living and environments, and capacity building, with a pan-Canadian graduate student training program, methods development, and evaluation research. Propel also provides leadership for a University of Waterloo centre of excellence with a focus on chronic disease prevention. Propel is comprised of in-house research scientists, 45 experienced staff and over 200 research, policy and practice collaborators across Canada and beyond. Our goals are to:
1. Improve the effectiveness of population health programs, policies, and services
2. Enhance capacity to generate and support the use of relevant evidence
3. Strengthen the science and methods for generating and using relevant evidence
4. Strengthen relationships across science, policy and practice sectors