Dr. Stajduhar and team release final study report on equity and palliative care

For most Canadians, good palliative care is still not a given, despite its many proven benefits that add up to a longer, more comfortable time before death. Access to the services involved, from medical to social to psychological, is uneven across the country and is not universally funded. This is especially true for those people facing poverty, and homelessness and unstable housing.

Researchers from the Equitable Access to Care Study spent more than 300 hours with 25 homeless or barely housed people in Victoria over a two-year period or until they died. They attended trips to medical appointments, made observations of interactions between health and social care workers, and conducted almost 150 interviews with others who were either friends, partners, chosen family of study participants, or service providers.

The report is called: Too little, too late: How we fail vulnerable Canadians as they die and what to do about it.To read and download the full report, click here.

Our research could not have been accomplished without the guidance and advice of Victoria's Palliative Outreach Resrouce Team (PORT). Research partners include: Victoria Cool Aid Society, Victoria Hospice Society, AIDS Vancouver Island, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, University of Victoria Schools of Nursing & Social Work, Trinity Western University School of Nursing, and Inner City Health Associates (Toronto).

This study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.