ECHO Focus And Form

ECHO Focus and Form

ECHO Focus and Form

Your ECHO can take many forms and focus on areas that matter most to you.   

The ECHO model cultivates a continuous loop of learning, mentoring and peer support.  As an e-learning format it can reach beyond geographic limitations into every corner of the province, with big or small organizations, connecting people with knowledge, experience, and expertise.  

You can build an ECHO around three focus areas: 

  • Subject (eg patient population or condition) 
  • Discipline (eg pharmacists, family physicians, community support workers) 
  • Geographic ( eg multi disciplinary in a specific region in the province)  

The form is also up to you:   

ECHOs can take many forms and are not limited to what we have described here, these are the most common, but you may have other ideas!   

  1. ECHO Session: At the most granular level of the ECHO programs are the sessions. ECHO sessions can take many different forms. While typical ECHO sessions will include a didactic section followed by an interactive patient case-based discussion, ECHO sessions could also come in the form of online mentorship programs, quality improvement workshops, journal watch webinars etc. The sky is the limit!  
  2. ECHO Series: Pallium uses the term series to describe multiple ECHO sessions that are linked together (either by a common theme or common audience or both). Some ECHO projects around the world will use other terminology to describe a series of sessions such as “Cohorts” or “Modules.”  
  3. ECHO Program: A collection of activities that are meant to work towards a main learning objective or goal. For instance, you might have a Psychosocial ECHO Program that is designed to build competencies and skills across different aspects of psychosocial palliative care, with separate webinar series or activities (such as a community of practice) addressing different skills. 


Partner with Us to Create an ECHO

In partnership with Pallium Canada, BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC) is the provincial hub in BC of the Palliative Care ECHO Project. The federally funded five-year initiative aims to cultivate communities of practice and establish continuous professional development among health care providers who care for patients with life-limiting illness.

BCCPC is looking to partner with BC organizations to support them in establishing ECHO programs. The aim being to equip BC health care providers with knowledge, skills, networking opportunities, tools and resources in order to provide earlier, more effective and more compassionate palliative care for BC patients and their families.