Through the SPRINT-WCPR Implementation Collaborative™ the CHCA helped local practice teams adapt and implement Whole Community Palliative Rounds (WCPR). Profiled as a High Impact Practice, WCPR is a strategy used to engage inter-professional palliative care teams in purposeful and timely communication, shared decision making and collaborative care planning.

Between May – December 2019, eleven teams participated in the SPRINT-WCPR Implementation Collaborative. Beginning with the two-day in-person on-boarding session in June 2019, the teams engaged in online learning sessions featuring subject matter experts in quality, implementation science and WCPR. Team members collaborated to create processes and adapt existing resources.  Throughout the process, teams were supported by customized coaching sessions.  This unique approach enabled teams to adapt and rapidly test new ideas, engage with partners, try new motivational strategies and determine the value of WCPR to address their local needs.

Through the SPRINT-WCPR Implementation Collaborative, teams tested, adopted and implemented a new way to support rapid, clinical problem solving for symptom burden in high-risk individuals with palliative care needs. This approach enhanced community capacity to deliver palliative care and shift care policies and programming.

Meet our SPRINT-WCPR Teams

Alberta Health Services – Edmonton Zone

Alberta Health Services offers programs and services at over 400 facilities throughout the province, including hospitals, clinics, continuing care facilities, mental health facilities and community health centres. Edmonton Zone serves the city of Edmonton and the capital region.

Bayshore Health Care

Bayshore HealthCare is one of the country’s leading providers of home and community health care services and is a Canadian-owned company. With over 100 locations across the country, including home care offices, pharmacies and infusion clinics, Bayshore has more than 13,500 staff members and provides care to over 350,000 clients.


CarePartners provides personal support workers, rehabilitation services and nursing care for patients in homes, schools, retirement homes, clinics and workplaces. CareParners’ services are available across Ontario, in both urban and rural communities.

Eastern Health

Eastern Health is the largest integrated health organization in Newfoundland and Labrador. The organization provides the full continuum of health services to a regional population of more than 300,000 and is responsible for a number of unique provincial programs.

Health PEI

Health PEI is responsible for the delivery of publicly funded health services in Prince Edward Island. The organization operates hospitals, health centres, public long-term care nursing facilities and community-based programs and services.

New Brunswick Extra-Mural Program

The New Brunswick Extra-Mural Program (EMP), known as the “hospital without walls,” is the provincial home program that provides health care services to New Brunswickers’ of all ages, in their homes (personal residence, special care home, nursing home).

Saskatchewan Health Authority

North East (Prince Albert)/North West (Battleford)/Regina Palliative Care Services.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority is the largest organization in Saskatchewan, employing over 40,000 employees and physicians who are responsible for the delivery of high-quality and timely health care for the entire province.

SE Health

SE Health is a social enterprise that applies knowledge, vision and drive to impact how people live and age at home. They deliver quality, trusted home care to people where and when they need it.SE Health is a social enterprise that applies knowledge, vision and drive to impact how people live and age at home.

Southern Health

Southern Health-Santé Sud is a designated bilingual Regional Health Authority located in southern Manitoba. With over 6,000 employees, they partner with communities to deliver a spectrum of quality health care services.

FeatureLess of…More of…Benefit
Clinical supports-access to palliative care experts and knowledgeable community partners
All health care providers bringing skills and experience to jointly problem solve, supported by specialists as needed
Palliative care provided by specialists onlyAll health care providerd bringing skills and experience to jointly problem solve, supported by specialist as neededCollective clinical expertise and knowledge in palliative care

Synthesizes new knowledge

Shared decision-making and practical solutions

Whole care-continuum discussions with enhanced circle of care partnersPalliative care treatment plans focused primarily on controlling physical symptoms such as painMobilization of an interdisciplinary team and community partners to support a full range of patient, family and provider concerns, as needed

Symptom burden discussions including physical, psychosocial spiritual and practical concerns of the person and their family

Real-time clinical problem solving

Timely interventions to improve quality of care and decease suffering in alignment with an individual’s goals of care

Clear actions and solutions for people with palliative needs and their families who are experiencing escalating and fluctuating symptom burden

Hub-and-Spoke ModelAccess to palliative care expertise varies across regions both by location and population
Enabling access to expertise regardless of the size or location of the communityExpanded network of resources accessible in rural and remote locations

Builds community capacity in palliative care

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