Course InstructorChristopher A. Klinger, PhD
is a Senior Research Associate with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s Institute for Life Course and Aging at the University of Toronto. His research interests are in health systems and policy, with a focus on hospice palliative care. Christopher’s PhD thesis work - at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation alongside the Collaborative Doctoral Program in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course - centered around different approaches to care at the end of life, including economic impact. His post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Medicine, Division of Palliative Care focused on advance care planning and patient-reported outcome measures in the hospice palliative care domain alongside the role of the palliative care unit in the health care system. He chairs the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly’s End-of-Life Issues Theme Team, a knowledge transfer network dedicated to enhance the care of older adults both in Canada and abroad, and the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada’s Research and Knowledge Translation Committee, a group of national stakeholder organizations concerned about quality end-of-life care. Christopher has presented at numerous conferences on aging, hospice palliative care and public administration, and regularly teaches undergraduate course on aging, health systems/policy and public administration.