CFHI Innovators in Palliative and End of Life Care


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"Early referral to palliative care provides proven benefits; however, currently, most Canadians receive this kind of care only in the last month of their lives. A palliative approach to care provides the right care, in the right place, at the right time - improving peoples’ quality of life and the appropriate use and costs of healthcare."

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) issued the first open call for Palliative and End of Life Care Innovations this past February to seek out, understand, and highlight, innovations that are already happening across Canada.  Of the 69 applications, 26 will be showcased at the upcoming CEO Forum on June 21, 2017.  iPANEL Researchers; Dr. Kelli Stajduhar, Dr. Rick Sawatzky, and Dr. Barb Pesut, were all involved in submissions.  We are very proud to say that the two following emerging innovations were selected:

1.  Integrated Palliative Approach to Care in Acute Care (iPAC).  Fraser Health, University of Victoria, BC.  Dr. Kelli Stajduhar, Neil Hilliard, Dr. Rick Sawatzky

2.  N-CARE: Volunteer navigation partnerships to support a compassionate community approach to early palliative care.  UBC - Okanagan. Dr. Barb Pesut

Both projects will also been presenting at the upcoming 2017 CHPCA and/or the 5th International Palliative Care and Public Health Conference this September in Ottawa.

Dr Sally Thorne receives honorary degree from Laval University


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"On ne pourrait sous-estimer tout ce que les sciences infirmières doivent à la carrière de Sally Thorne." (We cannot underestimate the debt nursing sciences owes to the career of Dr. Sally Thorne) - Laval University

iPANEL advisory board member, Dr. Sally Thorne, has again been acknowledged for her ground-breaking and discipline changing work in the nursing sciences with an honorary degree from the Laval University.

Her leadership and commitment to nursing science has helped to mold the careers and research programs of many iPANEL members and affiliates. While many abide in your shadow – it is not a cold or lonely place to be – Congratulations Sally!

Kelli Stajduhar receives Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award


Stajduhar232x175Kelli Stajduhar receives the 2017 Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC). CUFA BC represents ~5,400 faculty members, lecturers, and professional librarians within BCs five research universities. This award recognizes a specific and recent outstanding contribution to the community beyond the academy through research or other scholarly activity by an individual or group at any stage of their career.

Kelli's research focuses on improving care for patients and families. She takes a collaborative approach to research to ensure that projects are relevant and valuable to nursing practice. She builds enduring and productive relationships, helping to facilitate the exchange of information, and emphasizing the reciprocal value that academic and practice nurses contribute to maximize the utility and impact of research.

For more information see the CUFA awards announcement

Dr Rick Sawatzky appointed full professor - TWU School of Nursing


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Congratulations, Rick, for your well deserved appointment to full professor in the School of Nursing at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC.

Dr. Richard Sawatzky, aside from being an iPANEL team member, holds many other titles, including Canada Research Chair in Patient-Reported Outcomes at Trinity Western University, research scientist with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) with Providence Health Care, and member of the board of directors of the International Society for Quality of Life Research.

Rick's research focuses on the use of patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments and quality of life assessments in various health care contexts. Current research activities include systematic reviews, statistical methods, the use of tablet devices for quality of life assessments, family caregiver quality of life, the selection and utilization of PRO instruments in health care decision making, and nursing care delivery and practice supports for a palliative approach.

Patients and families benefit greatly from your research. To many more years of research and scholarship. Congratulations, Rick!


The McGill Quality of Life Questionnaire is revised after 20 years


mqol-riPANEL co-investigator Rick Sawatzky is co-author on an article that is now featured on the EAPC Blog: After more than 20 years, the McGill Quality of Life Questionnaire is revised. Join the discussion!

For more detail about the MQOL revisions, read the full published article published in the journal Palliative Medicine:

Cohen, S.R., Sawatzky, R., Russell, L.B., Shahidi, J., Heyland, D.K., & Gadermann, A.M. (2017). Measuring the quality of life of people at the end of life: The McGill Quality of Life Questionnaire – Revised. Palliative Medicine, 31(2) 120-129. doi: 10.1177/0269216316659603


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