Introducing electronic quality of life assessments in hospital palliative care: A micro-meso-macro framework
When: Wednesday, November 22, 09:00 - 10:00
Where: Online Webinar
Type of Event: The event is organized as part of the Canadian Frailty Network Research Webinars. CFN believes that caring for the frail elderly is a complex, Canada-wide issue that requires multi-faceted, national strategies and solutions, and their monthly webinars are one way they bring together talented people to focus on this goal. Click HERE to register
Richard Sawatzky - Professor, School of Nursing, Trinity Western University, Scientist and Program Head – Patient-Reported Outcomes, CHÉOS
Marian Krawczyk - Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow (School of Interdisciplinary Studies), University of Glasgow
Routine assessment of the perceived healthcare needs of older adults with advancing and life-limiting illnesses is necessary to ensure that patients' and family caregivers' concerns are visible to healthcare professionals, so that they can be effectively monitored and addressed. These types of assessments involve asking people to respond to questions about their symptoms, their physical, psychological, social and existential/spiritual well being and their experiences with health care. Handheld electronic systems are increasingly used and recommended to facilitate such QOL assessments. However, it is often unclear how to best implement these systems to facilitate uptake in practice. In addition, there is a need for information about the potential of such systems to improve patient- and family-centered outcomes. This project involved working with clinicians, patients and family caregivers and addressed the aforementioned issues through the integration into practice and evaluation of an innovative electronic QOL Assessment and Practice Support System (QPSS) in palliative homecare nursing.