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Aging, Centre on
- Palliative and end of life care
If there's one absolute certainty in life, it's that we will all eventually die.
When we do, we hope that the health system and those who work in it are there to support us and our family members.
Dr. Kelli Stajduhar, an associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria, is committed to quality end of life care for any person who is dying, of any illness, regardless of where they are being cared for.
Her research focuses on identifying the elements needed for a comprehensive and coordinated system of health care for people at the end of their lives.
Dr. Stajduhar is co-leader of an initiative aimed at integrating palliative philosophies and services earlier into nursing care for people with life-limiting or chronic illness.
This palliative approach will move conversations about a patient's comfort and their needs and wishes for end-of-life care earlier in their disease trajectory.
Dr. Stajduhar's other line of research focuses on family caregiving and the impact on families when they are providing care at home to people who are dying.
Her findings are informing policy development and front-line practice, and changing health care as we know it.
Dr. Stajduhar brings her passion for research into the classroom.
"I don't see any separation between teaching and research," she says. "I use my findings to develop curriculum and to capture students' attention, and their questions inspire new avenues of research."
Dr. Stajduhar's Faces of UVic Research video: http://youtu.be/O3CVEMGtbZg
Dr. Stajduhar is involved with several funded interdisciplinary research projects.
Health Related Research
She conducts health related research in the areas of palliative and end of life care with various populations. She has also conducted studies on issues related to HIV/AIDS and injection drug use.
Dr. Stajduhar conducts comparative research in the UK and Australia on issues related to end of life care and family care work.