Palliative Approaches to Care

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Stajduhar named new Canada Research Chair

Dr. Kelli Stajduhar is the new Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) on Palliative Approaches to Care in Aging and Community Health.

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Community grant supports comfort kit project

The ePAC collaborative is incredibly grateful to have been one of eight community grant recipients.

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CIHR funds new palliative study

New study aims to expand our understanding of the non-traditional caregiver experience.

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Learn about our research

See all of our current research projects.

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PORT team

PORT team launches

Palliative Approaches research leads to new program provides mobile end-of-life support to people in poverty.

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Meet the team

Learn more about the UVic-based Palliative Approaches team.

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Palliative Approaches to Care in Aging and Community Health

About us

 Palliative Approaches is a program of research, led by Canada Research Chair (CRC) on Palliative Approaches to Care in Aging and Community Health and professor in the School of Nursing, Dr. Kelli Stajduhar. aimed at improving access and quality of care for people with serious health conditions and their caregivers. We work in partnership with people in community, health and social care systems, and government. Our partners are at the local, national, and international level.

Through our research, we stress the need for palliative approaches in underserved settings. We develop resources and tools, programs and services to improve care for those who face discrimination and exclusion.

Why a focus on community-based care?

 Several studies report that most people want to be cared for and to die at home, in their communities, surrounded by their chosen families. For over a decade, our research has focussed on changes needed in home and community-based care to make this a reality. We have sought to understand and target ways to meet the specific needs of:

  • family caregivers,
  • older adult populations who are vulnerable, face inequities, and have been excluded from mainstream palliative care services, and
  • health care providers in developing knowledge to improve home and community-based care for aging populations.

Our work has an explicit focus on community-engaged, equity-oriented, and strengths-based approaches to integrating palliative approaches to care across settings.

Kelli Stajduhar’s internationally renowned work in palliative care is based on a simple premise: everyone should die with dignity. Her research is particularly important for people who have been marginalized in society, and whose experiences in health care have been marred by distrust and stigma.