CFN researchers showcase “participatory action research” in BMJ

June 1, 2015

CFN Network members Drs. Mary Lou Kelley, Sharon Kaasalainen and Marg McKee have been successful in publishing an abstract of their CFN-funded research, “Embedding the palliative care approach into the organizational culture of long-term care (LTC) homes using participatory action research.” The prestigious BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care presented their findings as part of a report on proceedings of the 4th International Public Health and Palliative Care Conference.

The researchers explain that with aging and an increasing prevalence of frailty in Canada, LTC homes are becoming a major location of death, with soon up to 40% of residents dying there.  Based on a five-year participatory action project in Ontario, the research team developed a framework and resource tools to spur cultural change; empower and prepare LTC staff and residents; and, improve the quality of life of people who are dying in LTC homes.

The Quality of Palliative Care in LTC Toolkit is the first of its kind in Canada, and can be accessed at