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SIG 2014-IS

Improving Palliative Care in Long-Term Care Homes Using Participatory Action Research

The findings of this study have the potential to improve the quality of life of frail older adults in long-term care (LTC) and provide better support to their families. The proposed study promises to offer valuable information on implementation processes, clinical and administrative-tools, and educational materials that will inform how qualified health professionals and decision-makers can improve the delivery of palliative care in LTC globally.

Principal Investigators

Sharon Kaasalainen, PhD, RN -- McMaster University

Tamara Sussman, PhD, MSW -- McGill University

Presentations

Sussman T, Kaasalainen S, Mintzberg S, Sinclair S, Young L, Ploeg J, Bourgeois-Buérin V, Thompson G, Venturato L, Earl M, Strachan P, You JJ, Bonifas R, McKee M. Broadening End-of-Life Comfort to Improve Palliative Care Practices in Long Term Care. Can J Aging. 2017 Sep;36(3):306-317. doi: 10.1017/S0714980817000253. Epub 2017 Jul 27. 

Vahrmeyer, A., Neves, P., Rimay, D., Gray, L. (2015). Strengthening Palliative Care in Long-Term Care (LTC): Early lessons from a national pilot project. HPCO Annual Conference. Toronto, ON.

Kaasalainen, S., Sussman, T., Rimay, D., Vahrmeyer, A. (2015). Strengthening a palliative approach in long-term care. Workshop: 3rd annual Technology Evaluation in the Elderly, Pre-Conference Workshop. Toronto, ON.

Te, A., Brazil, E., Bui, M., Kaasalainen, S., Sussman, T., the SPA-LTC Team. (2015). Developing a tool to support advance care planning. Poster presented at the 3rd annual TVN Conference. Toronto, ON.

Virag, O., Kaasalainen, S., Sussman, T., the SPA-LTC Team. (2015). Strengthening a palliative approach in long-term care: a multi component programPoster presented at the 3rd annual TVN Conference. Toronto, ON.

Durepos, P., Wickson-Griffiths, A., Abiola Hazzan, A., Kaasalainen, S., Vastis, V., Battistella, L., Papaioannou, A. (2015). Assessing the palliative content in dementia care guidelines: a systematic review. Poster presented at the 3rd annual TVN Conference. Toronto, ON.

Bui, M., Te, A., Brazil, E., Kaasalainen, S., Sussman, T., the SPA-LTC Team. (2015). Developing an illness trajectory resource for dementia caregivers: SPA-LTC. Poster presented at the 3rd annual TVN Conference. Toronto, ON.

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