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iPANEL Newsletter Issue 7


We are pleased to publish our latest iPANEL newsletter! To download this issue please click HERE. To view older issues of our newsletters please check out our Publications tab.

Demystifying a Palliative Approach


This poster was presented by presented at the 20th International Congress on Palliative Care in Montreal, Quebec, September 9 - 12, 2014, by iPANEL team members Richard Sawatzky, Kelli Stajduhar, Patricia Porterfield, Joyce Lee and Kathleen Lounsbury.

Available for download: full size poster or poster handout.

Poster abstract:


A palliative approach pertains to the integration of principles of palliative care in contexts of care for people with chronic life-limiting illnesses and their families. As part of a program of research addressing how and in which contexts a palliative approach can better meet the needs of people with chronic life-limiting conditions and their family members, the iPANEL team (Initiative for a Palliative Approach in Nursing: Evidence and Leadership – www.ipanel.ca) is pursuing several broadly oriented research questions relevant to a palliative approach. A core focus involves an overarching knowledge synthesis regarding health care systems policy, education, and practice initiatives for a palliative approach. This poster reports on one aspect of the knowledge synthesis, focusing specifically on delineating the key characteristics of a palliative approach that are found in the empiric literature in order to establish conceptual clarity.


In collaboration with a large knowledge translation team, we identified search terms pertaining to “palliative care principles” and “chronic life-limiting conditions”. A comprehensive database search yielded 73 studies. Narrative synthesis methods and thematic analysis were used to identify and conceptualize essential characteristics of a palliative approach.


Our review revealed a burgeoning body of knowledge about a palliative approach, which can be conceptualized in terms of the following three overarching themes: (1) Upstream orientation towards the needs of people who have life-limiting illness and their families. (2) Adaptation of palliative care knowledge and expertise. (3) Operationalization of a palliative approach through integration into systems and models of care that do not specialize in palliative care.


Our synthesis produced much needed conceptual clarity regarding a palliative approach and its delineation from palliative care. Such clarity is of fundamental importance for the development of knowledge regarding the integration of a palliative approach in the care of people with chronic life-limiting illnesses.


TWU Nursing Networking Cafe


Quality of life assessment: What does this mean for patient-centred care?

Trinity Western University School of Nursing is hosting a series of Nursing Network Cafes for nurses to gather together in a collegial environment to discuss topics of interest. The Cafes are especially appealing to TWU nursing alumni, graduate students, and other nurses in the region who want to be encouraged about the profession of nursing.

November 4, 2014, 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Richard (Rick) Sawatzky, PhD, RN, iPANEL Co-Investigator

Please see the poster for more information.

Location: Trinity Western University, Graduate Collegium, 7600 Glover Road, Langley BC

Contact: Dr. Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl.Kirkham [at] twu.ca

To RSVP, please contact Guelda.Redman [at] twu.ca

iPANEL Newsletter Issue 6


We are pleased to publish our latest iPANEL newsletter, which is a special issue on Integrated Knowledge Translation: Examining a Collaborative Approach. Specifically, this issue focuses on the Knowledge Translation (KT) Demonstration Project. For more information or to download this issue please click HERE. To view older issues of our newsletters please check out our Publications tab.

Spirituality and Social Justice Blog Discussion


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iPANEL co-investigator Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham invites you to participate in a blog conversation taking place September 8th – 22nd in response to an article featured in the current issue of Advances in Nursing Science, and on the "Editor's Picks" section of the ANS website:

Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2014). Nursing research on religion and spirituality through a social justice lens. Advances in Nursing Science, 37(3), 249-257.

Palliative care is the area of healthcare that seems to tend most to existential questions, religion, and spirituality. A great example of this focus in palliative care are the edited books by Kelli Stajudhar and Harold Coward (2012) Religious understandings of a good death in hospice palliative care, SUNY Press, and Bramadat, Coward, and Stajduhar (2013) Spirituality in hospice palliative care, SUNY Press.

Given this palliative care focus, Dr. Reimer-Kirkham invites you to join in an interesting and timely conversation! She is hoping for lively exchange and engagement with diverse perspectives.

The link to the blog: http://ansjournalblog.com/.

To participate in the discussion, visit: http://ansjournalblog.com/2014/09/08/spirituality-and-social-justice/.

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