Rural Nursing and Quality End of Life Care. Palliative Care... Palliative Approach... or Somewhere In-between?


This article was written by iPANEL team members; Dr. Barb Pesut (UBCO) and Mrs. Barbara McLeod (Fraser Health) as well as Dr. Rachelle Hole (Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship) and Miranda Dalhuisen (UBCO).  Published in the December edition of the Advances in Nursing Science Journal (Volume 35 Issue 4).  See PUBLICATIONS for more information.  

Abstract:    Secondary analysis of data from 2 studies examining palliative care in rural areas was conducted with the aim to better understand how a nursing palliative approach influences quality outcomes at end-of-life. Nurses’ ways of being that brought connection and comfort at end-of-life included paying attention to time, privacy, and family support. The rural context with its geography, relationships, and unique resources influenced nurses’ abilities to enact a palliative approach. Findings demonstrate that urban-centric models of palliative care do not fit well in rural nursing practice and highlight the importance of understanding the rural context. 

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