Healthcare Professionals

  • Investigating Trial Feasibility of Music Care in Hospice and Palliative Care

    Music care is an approach to care that provides the means for anyone, regardless of their musical credentials, to use music in their day-to-day care of patients. It is distinct from music therapy which is provided by an individual with specific training in music therapy. A recent pilot study conducted Continue reading →

  • How Initial Policy Responses to COVID-19 Contributed to Shaping Dying at Home Preferences and Care Provision: Key Informant Perspectives from Canada

    In a recent study by Cherba (2023) and colleagues, the impact of COVID-19 policies on palliative care in Canada were explored. Interviews were conducted with 29 experts in the field and revealed three common themes. First, the pandemic policies increased the desire for patients to follow their end-of-life treatments from Continue reading →

  • Challenges and Facilitators for Psychosocial Support when Aging and Dying in Place: A Rapid Review of the Literature

    In a recent rapid review, Daudt (2023) and team examined the psychosocial aspects of aging and dying in place. Gaps in existing programs were discovered and divided into three main themes including: an oversight in addressing all the patient’s needs, a lack of preparation for the process of aging and Continue reading →

  • Improving Access to Palliative Care for People Experiencing Socioeconomic Inequities: Findings from a Community-Based Pilot Research Study

    Individuals facing socioeconomic challenges often encounter barriers to accessing essential services, such as healthcare. A recent study by Salas (2023) and colleagues explored this issue by implementing a community-based palliative care nursing intervention for vulnerable individuals. This intervention was a collaboration between the research team and the Palliative Care Outreach Continue reading →

  • ‘The Beauty and the Less Beautiful’: Exploring the Meanings of Dying at ‘Home’ Among Community and Practitioner Representatives and Advocates Across Canada

    Funk (2023) and colleagues examined different characteristics and preferences for the location of death, with a focus on the meaning and the desire of dying at home. Through virtual interviews with a diverse group of 24 participants, including healthcare professionals and community advocates, the study demonstrated a link between personal Continue reading →

  • Latent classes of prolonged grief and other indicators of mental health in bereaved adults: A systematic review

    Grief responses differ in severity and duration between individuals. For some individuals, grief can lead to psychological distress, including prolonged grief disorder. Understanding the differences in responses to loss is important to develop tailored care plans for the bereaved individual. Heeke (2023) and colleagues conducted a systematic review to understand the state of Continue reading →

  • Hospital, Hospice, or Home: A Scoping Review of the Importance of Place in Pediatric Palliative Care

    Walker (2023) and colleagues conducted a scoping review to better understand the role of place of death of pediatric palliative care patients. The characteristics of three locations were highlighted: hospitals, homes and hospices. Notably, a preference emerged for the deaths to occur at home, emphasizing the significance of respecting the Continue reading →

  • Non Physical Suffering: An Under-Resourced and Key Role for Hospice and Palliative Care Social Workers

    The focus on managing both physical and nonphysical pain is central to hospice palliative care. An analysis study performed by Rattner (2023) and colleagues describes the experience of 24 palliative care clinicians across Canada to discover the obstacles in treating nonphysical suffering. It was determined that this type of care Continue reading →

  • Palliative Care in Survivors of Critical Illness

    In a recent study, the role of palliative care in post-ICU survivors was explored. Following interviews with 29 physicians, the unanimous agreement emerged that palliative care has a significant impact for these survivors of serious illnesses. Some important targets of these treatments include pain management, adjusting care to the patient’s Continue reading →

  • A Review of Paid Staff and Volunteers Working Together in Palliative Care

    In the palliative care setting, paid staff and volunteers form an essential partnership. While volunteers play a crucial role in supporting patients’ families and providing a means of communication, tensions sometimes arise. Oliver (2023) and colleagues explored these dynamics to uncover five important storylines. Topics such as understanding the different Continue reading →