• Three quarters of British Columbians who die, do so without being identified as people 
    who could benefit from the services associated with palliative care.
  • Specialized palliative units and hospices are essential for end of life care but not appropriate for all persons facing life-limiting chronic conditions. By offering a palliative approach in multiple settings, we can better care for people and their families through the many transitions of chronic conditions like dementia, lung, kidney and heart diseases, and cancer.

  • Through research, we create new knowledge about how nurses can further integrate palliative philosophies and services into non-specialized settings that provide end-of-life care.
    Throughout BC, people are dying in many settings including residential care facilities, on general hospital wards and at home. Our research seeks to understand how to apply and integrate the palliative approach to any care setting where people with life-limiting chronic conditions are cared for.

  • Our research is informed by and informs clinical practice.
  • By creating a cycle of nursing practice to nursing research and back again, we can ensure our research is informed by clinical practice. And that the evidence we gather is relevant, useful, and well-communicated to nurses. We accomplish this through our partnerships with both practicing and academic nurses throughout BC.

  • Our ultimate goal is to advance the further integration of the palliative approach into nursing practice in every care setting.
    We know this takes the support and cooperation of many parties including health professionals, employers and health care consumers, but we believe that nurses can and will contribute to a better and more supported experience for British Columbians toward the end of their lives.

What's New?

Conceptual foundations of a palliative approach: A knowledge synthesis

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The iPANEL team is thrilled to announce the publication of "Conceptual foundations of a palliative approach: A knowledge synthesis" in BMC Palliative Care. Narrowing 190,204 search results to a final yield of 91 studies has produced a comprehensive understanding of a palliative approach to care for people with chronic, advancing, life-limiting illnesses.

Our article is open access - click HERE for more information.


A PORT in the Storm: A day of education and discussion about equitable access in palliative care for structurally vulnerable people in Victoria


On Thursday, October 29, 2015 the University of Victoria Equitable Access to Care Study Team (PI Kelli Stajduhar), Victoria Hospice, and the Palliative Outreach Resource Team (PORT) hosted an interactive and educational event about palliative care for structurally vulnerable people. Structural vulnerability recognizes that particular groups of people are more vulnerable to harm as a result of intersecting factors (e.g., poverty, homelessness, gender, disability, race, illicit drug use, mental health issues, etc.). The intent of this day was to foster dialogue between formal palliative care providers (e.g., hospice personnel, home care workers, etc.) and downtown service providers (i.e., health, housing, faith and social service organizations) to identify challenges in our community with regards to palliative care access for these populations.

Read more about the day HERE.


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