Research Institute in Oncology and Hematology

Dr Harvey Chochinov

Palliative Care

Dr Harvey Chochniov OC OM MD PhD FRCPC FRSC
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba
Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care
Director, Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit CancerCare Manitoba
Chair, Canadian Virtual Hospice www.virtualhospice.ca
3017-675 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9
www.dignityincare.ca
Phone: 204-975-7728
Fax: 204-787-4937

Email: Dr Harvey Chochinov


Palliative Care

As Director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, Dr Chochinov’s is an internationally recognized scientist investigating the roles of personhood and dignity conservation in palliative care. Dr. Chochinov is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, 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 and is a member of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He also chairs the CIHR’s Standing Committee on Ethics. 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 National Cancer Institute of Canada 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.

Team Members

  • (graduate student)
  • (Post-doctoral fellow)

Publications Since 2010

PubMed Listed Publications
  1. Sympathy, empathy, and compassion: A grounded theory study of palliative care patients' understandings, experiences, and preferences. Sinclair S, Beamer K, Hack TF, McClement S, Raffin Bouchal S, Chochinov HM, Hagen NA. Palliat Med. 2016 Aug 17. pii: 0269216316663499. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Finding a balance: Canada's law on medical assistance in dying. Chochinov HM, Frazee C. Lancet. 2016 Aug 6;388(10044):543-5. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31254-5. No abstract available.
  3. Keep in touch (KIT): perspectives on introducing internet-based communication and information technologies in palliative care. Guo Q, Cann B, McClement S, Thompson G, Chochinov HM. BMC Palliat Care. 2016 Aug 2;15:66. doi: 10.1186/s12904-016-0140-5.
  4. Compassion training in healthcare: what are patients' perspectives on training healthcare providers? Sinclair S, Torres MB, Raffin-Bouchal S, Hack TF, McClement S, Hagen NA, Chochinov HM. BMC Med Educ. 2016 Jul 11;16:169. doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0695-0.
  5. Mental disorders and the desire for death in patients receiving palliative care for cancer. Wilson KG, Dalgleish TL, Chochinov HM, Chary S, Gagnon PR, Macmillan K, De Luca M, O'Shea F, Kuhl D, Fainsinger RL. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2016 Jun;6(2):170-7. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2013-000604. Epub 2014 Mar 4.
  6. Compassion in Health Care: An Empirical Model. Sinclair S, McClement S, Raffin-Bouchal S, Hack TF, Hagen NA, McConnell S, Chochinov HM. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Feb;51(2):193-203. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2015.10.009. Epub 2015 Oct 26.
  7. Compassion: a scoping review of the healthcare literature. Sinclair S, Norris JM, McConnell SJ, Chochinov HM, Hack TF, Hagen NA, McClement S, Bouchal SR. BMC Palliat Care. 2016 Jan 19;15:6. doi: 10.1186/s12904-016-0080-0. Review.
  8. Physician-Assisted Death in Canada. Chochinov HM. JAMA. 2016 Jan 19;315(3):253-4. doi: 10.1001/jama.2015.17435. No abstract available.
  9. Dignity and Distress towards the End of Life across Four Non-Cancer Populations. Chochinov HM, Johnston W, McClement SE, Hack TF, Dufault B, Enns M, Thompson G, Harlos M, Damant RW, Ramsey CD, Davison S, Zacharias J, Milke D, Strang D, Campbell-Enns HJ, Kredentser MS. PLoS One. 2016 Jan 25;11(1):e0147607. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147607. eCollection 2016.
  10. A preliminary study to develop an intervention to facilitate communication between couples in advanced cancer. Mowll J, Lobb EA, Lane L, Lacey J, Chochinov HM, Kelly B, Agar M, Links M, Kearsley JH. Palliat Support Care. 2015 Oct;13(5):1381-90. doi: 10.1017/S1478951514001333. Epub 2015 Feb 6.
  11. Eliciting Personhood Within Clinical Practice: Effects on Patients, Families, and Health Care Providers. Chochinov HM, McClement S, Hack T, Thompson G, Dufault B, Harlos M. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 Jun;49(6):974-80.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2014.11.291. Epub 2014 Dec 17.
  12. Reconstructing Meaning with Others in Loss: A Feasibility Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Bereavement Group. MacKinnon CJ, Smith NG, Henry M, Milman E, Chochinov HM, Körner A, Berish M, Farrace AJ, Liarikos N, Cohen SR. Death Stud. 2015;39(7):411-21. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2014.958628. Epub 2015 Feb 12.
  13. Dignity therapy for people with motor neuron disease and their family caregivers: a feasibility study. Aoun SM, Chochinov HM, Kristjanson LJ. J Palliat Med. 2015 Jan;18(1):31-7. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2014.0213.
  14. Getting MAD (Medical Aid in Dying) in Canada. Chochinov HM. Palliat Support Care. 2014 Dec;12(6):423-4. doi: 10.1017/S1478951514001400. No abstract available.
  15. Health care, health caring, and the culture of medicine. Chochinov HM. Curr Oncol. 2014 Oct;21(5):e668-9. doi: 10.3747/co.21.2239. No abstract available.
  16. A descriptive study evaluating perinatal healthcare providers' perspectives of palliative programming in 3 Canadian institutions. Stenekes SJ, Ens CD, Harlos M, Chochinov HM, Mytopher K. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2014 Oct-Dec;28(4):280-9; quiz E1-2. doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000020.
  17. A prospective evaluation of Dignity Therapy in advanced cancer patients admitted to palliative care. Houmann LJ, Chochinov HM, Kristjanson LJ, Petersen MA, Groenvold M. Palliat Med. 2014 May;28(5):448-58. doi: 10.1177/0269216313514883. Epub 2013 Dec 5.
  18. Cause and rate of death in people with schizophrenia across the lifespan: a population-based study in Manitoba, Canada. Kredentser MS, Martens PJ, Chochinov HM, Prior HJ. J Clin Psychiatry. 2014 Feb;75(2):154-61. doi: 10.4088/JCP.13m08711.
  19. Meaning-based group counseling for bereavement: bridging theory with emerging trends in intervention research. MacKinnon CJ, Smith NG, Henry M, Berish M, Milman E, Körner A, Copeland LS, Chochinov HM, Cohen SR. Death Stud. 2014 Jan-Jun;38(1-5):137-44. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2012.738768. Epub 2013 Aug 22.
  20. Is It Time to Get MAD? Chochinov HM. Healthc Pap. 2014;14(1):50-7.
  21. Dignity amidst liminality: healing within suffering among Chinese terminal cancer patients. Ho AH, Leung PP, Tse DM, Pang SM, Chochinov HM, Neimeyer RA, Chan CL. Death Stud. 2013 Nov-Dec;37(10):953-70.
  22. Dignity in care: time to take action. Chochinov HM. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 Nov;46(5):756-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.08.004. Epub 2013 Oct 5.
  23. Methotrimeprazine for the management of end-of-life symptoms in infants and children. Hohl CM, Stenekes S, Harlos MS, Shepherd E, McClement S, Chochinov HM. J Palliat Care. 2013 Autumn;29(3):178-85.
  24. Intranasal fentanyl in the palliative care of newborns and infants. Harlos MS, Stenekes S, Lambert D, Hohl C, Chochinov HM. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 Aug;46(2):265-74. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2012.07.009. Epub 2012 Sep 25.
  25. The secret is out: patients are people with feelings that matter. Chochinov HM. Palliat Support Care. 2013 Aug;11(4):287-8. doi: 10.1017/S1478951513000503. No abstract available.
  26. Living and dying with dignity in Chinese society: perspectives of older palliative care patients in Hong Kong. Ho AH, Chan CL, Leung PP, Chochinov HM, Neimeyer RA, Pang SM, Tse DM. Age Ageing. 2013 Jul;42(4):455-61. doi: 10.1093/ageing/aft003. Epub 2013 Feb 25.
  27. Palliative care: Secobarbital in Seattle--why lose sleep? Chochinov HM. Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2013 Jul;10(7):369-70. doi: 10.1038/nrclinonc.2013.88. Epub 2013 May 28. No abstract available.
  28. Where and how people with schizophrenia die: a population-based, matched cohort study in Manitoba, Canada. Martens PJ, Chochinov HM, Prior HJ. J Clin Psychiatry. 2013 Jun;74(6):e551-7. doi: 10.4088/JCP.12m08234.
  29. Health care provider communication: an empirical model of therapeutic effectiveness. Chochinov HM, McClement SE, Hack TF, McKeen NA, Rach AM, Gagnon P, Sinclair S, Taylor-Brown J. Cancer. 2013 May 1;119(9):1706-13. doi: 10.1002/cncr.27949. Epub 2013 Jan 22.
  30. Comparative health care use patterns of people with schizophrenia near the end of life: a population-based study in Manitoba, Canada. Chochinov HM, Martens PJ, Prior HJ, Kredentser MS. Schizophr Res. 2012 Nov;141(2-3):241-6. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2012.07.028. Epub 2012 Aug 19.
  31. Understanding bereaved family members' dissatisfaction with end-of-life care in nursing homes. Thompson GN, McClement SE, Menec VH, Chochinov HM. J Gerontol Nurs. 2012 Oct;38(10):49-60. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20120906-94. Epub 2012 Sep 17.
  32. Is dignity therapy feasible to enhance the end of life experience for people with motor neurone disease and their family carers? Bentley B, Aoun SM, O'Connor M, Breen LJ, Chochinov HM. BMC Palliat Care. 2012 Sep 20;11:18. doi: 10.1186/1472-684X-11-18.
  33. The Patient Dignity Inventory: applications in the oncology setting. Chochinov HM, McClement SE, Hack TF, McKeen NA, Rach AM, Gagnon P, Sinclair S, Taylor-Brown J. J Palliat Med. 2012 Sep;15(9):998-1005. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2012.0066.
  34. Integrating spiritual care into the practice of oncology. Corn BW, Chochinov HM, Vachon M. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2012 Jun;6(2):226-7. doi: 10.1097/SPC.0b013e328353b8e6. No abstract available.
  35. The role of chaplains within oncology interdisciplinary teams. Sinclair S, Chochinov HM. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2012 Jun;6(2):259-68. doi: 10.1097/SPC.0b013e3283521ec9. Review.
  36. Relatively speaking. Chochinov HM. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2012 Mar;43(3):e6-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2011.12.175. No abstract available.
  37. Palliative care for vulnerable populations. Stienstra D, Chochinov HM. Palliat Support Care. 2012 Mar;10(1):37-42. doi: 10.1017/S1478951511000563. Review.
  38. Dignity therapy: a feasibility study of elders in long-term care. Chochinov HM, Cann B, Cullihall K, Kristjanson L, Harlos M, McClement SE, Hack TF, Hassard T. Palliat Support Care. 2012 Mar;10(1):3-15. doi: 10.1017/S1478951511000538. Review.
  39. Vulnerability and palliative care. Chochinov HM, Stienstra D. Palliat Support Care. 2012 Mar;10(1):1-2. doi: 10.1017/S1478951511000526. No abstract available.
  40. How respect and kindness are experienced at the end of life by nursing home residents. Thompson GN, McClement SE, Chochinov HM. Can J Nurs Res. 2011 Sep;43(3):96-118.
  41. Death, time and the theory of relativity. Chochinov HM. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2011 Sep;42(3):460-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2010.12.001. Epub 2011 Jan 28.
  42. Effect of dignity therapy on distress and end-of-life experience in terminally ill patients: a randomised controlled trial. Chochinov HM, Kristjanson LJ, Breitbart W, McClement S, Hack TF, Hassard T, Harlos M. Lancet Oncol. 2011 Aug;12(8):753-62. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(11)70153-X. Epub 2011 Jul 6.
  43. Postgraduate palliative care education: evaluation of a South African programme. Ens CD, Chochinov HM, Gwyther E, Moses S, Jackson C, Thompson G, Harding R. S Afr Med J. 2011 Jan;101(1):42-4.
  44. "Broken covenant": healthcare aides' "experience of the ethical" in caring for dying seniors in a personal care home. McClement S, Lobchuk M, Chochinov HM, Dean R. J Clin Ethics. 2010 Fall;21(3):201-11.
  45. Learning from dying patients during their final days: life reflections gleaned from dignity therapy. Hack TF, McClement SE, Chochinov HM, Cann BJ, Hassard TH, Kristjanson LJ, Harlos M. Palliat Med. 2010 Oct;24(7):715-23. doi: 10.1177/0269216310373164. Epub 2010 Jul 6.
  46. Testing the feasibility of the Dignity Therapy interview: adaptation for the Danish culture. Houmann LJ, Rydahl-Hansen S, Chochinov HM, Kristjanson LJ, Groenvold M. BMC Palliat Care. 2010 Sep 22;9:21. doi: 10.1186/1472-684X-9-21.
  47. Humility and the practice of medicine: tasting humble pie. Chochinov HM. CMAJ. 2010 Aug 10;182(11):1217-8. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.100874. Epub 2010 Jul 5. No abstract available.
  48. Reducing the potential for suffering in older adults with advanced cancer. Thompson GN, Chochinov HM. Palliat Support Care. 2010 Mar;8(1):83-93. doi: 10.1017/S1478951509990745. Epub 2010 Feb 18.

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