iPANEL Newsletter Issue 5


We are pleased to publish our latest iPANEL newsletter, which features articles about recent research findings and reflections on how to best educate nurses to deliver a palliative approach. This edition opens with a brief overview of iPANEL activities and progress over the past three years. For more information or to download this issue please click HERE. To view older issues of our newsletters please check out our Publications tab.

Another successful iPANEL Symposium - Hosted in November 2013


There are so many thanks to go around for this event. To begin we would like to thank the organizers and BCNRI project leaders for all their long hours of visioning and planning to make this symposium a reality: Dr. Rick Sawatzky, CNS Della Roberts and Pat Porterfield (pictured L-R in second photo).

We want to thank Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, our keynote speaker on nursing care delivery models, who was also able to give an evening talk at St. Paul's Hospital to the general public.

Thank you so much to all of our invited guests for attending and making this an open and wonderful day of discussion. In total we were thrilled to have 78 nurses, administrators, and leaders from throughout the province of BC participate in discussions around practical ways to implement a palliative approach into nursing care in our province.

To view the presentations given, please click HERE. 

Barb McLean half    

Symposium planners    

carolyn half     gaspard half    

2014 CRNBC - Excellence in Nursing Research Award Recipient


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iPANEL Co-Leader - Kelli Stajduhar - was recently announced one of the 2014 CRNBC Excellence in Nursing Research Award recipients.

Kelli started out her healthcare career as a nurse in the freezing region of Canada known as Winterpeg... oops I mean Winnipeg:)

While she greatly enjoyed her time as a front line nurse - she also recognized the moral distress felt by some of her colleagues when caring for palliative patients.  This sparked a desire for further education so that she might help bring about practice change in such a way as to improve the care for patients but also reduce the moral distress of nursing staff.  Eventually this spark drove her to pursue an academic career in applied nursing research.

While her research has spanned a few different patient populations - improving end of life care has always been at the forefront.  Her work speaks to her desire to support patients, family caregivers, and nursing staff. 

Congratulations Kelli from all of us here at iPANEL on this amazing and very well deserved award.  Click HERE to view the other recipients of the 2014 CRNBC Nursing Excellence Awards.

Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life


Jointly developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA) this is the first ever Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life. This document describes the need for, and availability of, palliative care worldwide. The Atlas provides evidence on palliative care needs across different disease groups and conditions in adults and children. Comprehensive information, such as that contained in this document, is essential to persuade policy makers to take action to integrate palliative care more broadly into health systems.

The definition of palliative care in this document includes some insight into the “comprehensive” nature by including the following statements1:

  1. Palliative care is needed in chronic as well as life-threatening/limiting-conditions
  2. There is no time or prognostic limit on the delivery of palliative care
  3. The Global Atlas describes the need for palliative care at all levels of care

a) Palliative care should be present at 3 levels:

i.  Through a “palliative care approach” adopted by all healthcare professionals;
ii.  “general palliative care” provided by primary care professionals and those treating patients with life-threatening diseases, with a good basic knowledge of palliative care
iii.  “specialist palliative care” provided by specialized teams for patients with complex problems.

  1. Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life. Worldwide palliative care alliance / World Health Organization. January 2014. Page 7.

For more information:
Download the Atlas – PDF 

Dr. Kelli Stajduhar & iPANEL Featured in CIHR-IA/IV-IRSC Newsletter


The CIHR Institute of Aging/Institut du vieillissement des IRSC released their Strategic Plan for 2013-2018, "Living Longer, Living Better" in 2012.   The main focus of which is to find tangible solutions that will make a real impact on maintaining the Quality of Life in our Aging Population.  Their recent Newsletter focuses on some of the following areas:

  • International Collaborative Research Strategy for Alzheimer's Disease
  • Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) 
  • New IA/IV Initiative - Late Life Issues & it's plan of action
  • Recent Funding Highlights
  • Brightest Minds - Feature on Dr. Kelli Stajduhar & iPANEL
  • Rising Stars 

To read the December 2013 CIHR-IA/IV-IRSC Newsletter Click HERE.

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