Healthcare Professionals

  • Completing a Rapid Needs Assessment for a Nonprofit Community-Based Hospice Wellness Center in Ontario

    The literature pertaining to community-based hospice wellness centres, especially concerning program evaluation, is sparse. This article describes the development and implementation of a mixed-method, rapid needs assessment for a nonprofit community-based hospice wellness centre in Ontario, Canada. As part of the needs assessment, a survey and focus groups were performed Continue reading →

  • Being a Hospice Nurse in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic placed the hospice philosophy and associated values under pressure. Care provided by hospice nurses shifted from interdisciplinary and holistic care to a focus on avoiding the spread of infectious disease. To better understand the impact of the pandemic on hospice nurses, Bové and colleagues (2023) conducted a Continue reading →

  • LGBT+ partner bereavement and appraisal of the Acceptance-Disclosure Model of LGBT+ bereavement

    Access to grief and bereavement services and support from social networks is important to avoid adverse bereavement outcomes such as prolonged grief symptoms. LGBT+ bereaved partners may experience additional stressors and barriers to support related to incorrect assumptions by clinicians about relationships, lack of acknowledgement of the depth of the Continue reading →

  • Palliative Care Physicians’ Perceptions of Conditions Required to Provide Early Palliative Care

    While early palliative care is widely recommended, many primary and specialized palliative care physicians indicate they lack the resources to provide it. Sue-A-Quan and colleagues (2023) conducted a survey of primary and specialized Canadian palliative care physicians to describe their perspectives regarding the conditions necessary to provide early palliative care. Continue reading →

  • Models of Care for People with Dementia Approaching End of Life

    Evidence suggests that either people with dementia are not routinely referred for palliative care or existing end-of-life care models are not responsive to people with dementia and their family or carers. Lewis (2023) and colleagues conducted a literature review to identify best-practice models of care for people in the advanced Continue reading →

  • The Importance of Cultural Competence for Pain Management in Palliative Care

    Pain is a common symptom experienced at the end of life and cultural background can affect how a patient perceives, expresses, and makes decisions about pain. Givler and colleagues (2023) argue that understanding the beliefs, experiences, and values of patients at end of life and their families can aid in Continue reading →

  • Spiritual, Religious, and Existential Concerns of Children with Life-limiting Conditions

    While spiritual care is recognized as a core domain of palliative care, there are very few research studies that directly address spiritual care in pediatric palliative care.  To address this lack of research, Scott (2023) and colleagues sought to identify and describe the components of spiritual care for children with Continue reading →

  • Technology-Assisted mHealth Caregiver Support to Manage Cancer Patient Symptoms

    Caregivers caring for an individual at end-of-life in the home are often challenged with evaluating and managing fluctuating symptoms and deciding when to call the hospice palliative care team for support. This randomized control trial tested an automated mobile health (mhealth) system to determine if it was effective in reducing Continue reading →

  • Grief Coach, a Text-Based Grief Support Intervention: Acceptability Among Hospice Family Members

    Grief Coach is a text-based program designed to provide bereavement care and increase grief literacy through twice-weekly text support, education, tips and reminders to people who are grieving. Levesque and colleagues (2023) conducted an evaluation of the Grief Coach program to learn whether, why, and how bereaved program subscribers from Continue reading →

  • Reflective Journaling as Preparation for Spiritual Care of Patients

    Spirituality is a critical component of patient and family care at the end of life, yet some health care providers do not feel prepared to deliver spiritual care. To prepare nursing and medical students taking care of dying patients and their families, the Catalyzing Relationships at the End of Life Continue reading →