The McGill Quality of Life Questionnaire is revised after 20 years

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

mqol-riPANEL co-investigator Rick Sawatzky is co-author on an article that is now featured on the EAPC Blog: After more than 20 years, the McGill Quality of Life Questionnaire is revised. Join the discussion!

For more detail about the MQOL revisions, read the full published article published in the journal Palliative Medicine:

Cohen, S.R., Sawatzky, R., Russell, L.B., Shahidi, J., Heyland, D.K., & Gadermann, A.M. (2017). Measuring the quality of life of people at the end of life: The McGill Quality of Life Questionnaire – Revised. Palliative Medicine, 31(2) 120-129. doi: 10.1177/0269216316659603

 

Dr Rick Sawatzky receives the Excellence in Advancing Nursing Knowledge & Research Award!

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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Congratulations, Rick, for receiving a 2016 Excellence in Advancing Nursing Knowledge & Research award from the Association of Registered Nurses of BC!

Dr. Richard Sawatzky, aside from being an iPANEL team member, holds many other titles, including Canada Research Chair in Patient-Reported Outcomes at Trinity Western University, research scientist with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) with Providence Health Care, and member of the board of directors of the International Society for Quality of Life Research.

 

Rick's research focuses on the use of patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments and quality of life assessments in various health care contexts. Current research activities include systematic reviews, statistical methods, the use of tablet devices for quality of life assessments, family caregiver quality of life, the selection and utilization of PRO instruments in health care decision making, and nursing care delivery and practice supports for a palliative approach.

Patients and families benefit greatly from your research. This award is well-deserved. Congratulations, Rick!

Read more about the award on the ARNBC website.

On August 6, 2016 the Times Colonist printed the story of a medically-fragile, Indigenous man who was discharged from the Victoria General hospital with nowhere to recover from surgery except on a shelter mat or on the street after doctors removed his gallbladder. In an Op-Ed printed in the Times Colonist (August 14 2016), Dr. Kelli Stajduhar and Ashley Mollison highlight the barriers to end-of-life care for homeless people as seen in emerging findings of the Equitable Access to Care study, and promote the important work of the Palliative Outreach Resource Team (PORT) in Victoria, BC. The barriers to care that Mr. Provost has experienced including poverty, racism, and stigma, are the same barriers experienced by many of the participants in the EAC study as they approach end-of-life. Thank you to Mr. Provost for sharing his story and the outreach workers who supported him to tell his story and continue to care for many on the streets of Victoria.

Congratulations, Erin Donald!

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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Congratulations go out to iPANEL research assistant and student Erin Donald, who has just received the James and Phillippa Kerr Graduate Scholarship in Nursing!

Erin is in the third year of her doctoral program with the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. Her past clinical experience in long-term care and community palliative care led to her interest in caring for older adults with advanced life-limiting conditions. Under the guidance of Dr. Kelli Stajduhar, her dissertation research will focus on access to care for people with severe persistent mental illness who are approaching end of life. She hopes her research will help improve access to appropriate clinical care for this population.

Congratulations, Erin!

 

Dr Sally Thorne receives the Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring!

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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Every once in a while you meet someone who epitomizes what it is to be an exceptional scholar, teacher, nurse and mentor. We have such a person among us in our iPANEL community.

iPANEL advisory board member, Dr. Sally Thorne, has recently been awarded the Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring. This is a very prestigious award recognizing outstanding mentorship of graduate students over many years. Many of us in the iPANEL community have been and continue to be the beneficiaries of Sally’s mentorship and I know that you will all agree that this award and recognition is so well deserved. Thank you, Sally for all that you do in support of exceptional nursing practice and scholarship. We are proud of you and grateful to have you as part of our community!

On August 6, 2016 the Times Colonist printed the story of a medically-fragile, Indigenous man who was discharged from the Victoria General hospital with nowhere to recover from surgery except on a shelter mat or on the street after doctors removed his gallbladder. In an Op-Ed printed in the Times Colonist (August 14 2016), Dr. Kelli Stajduhar and Ashley Mollison highlight the barriers to end-of-life care for homeless people as seen in emerging findings of the Equitable Access to Care study, and promote the important work of the Palliative Outreach Resource Team (PORT) in Victoria, BC. The barriers to care that Mr. Provost has experienced including poverty, racism, and stigma, are the same barriers experienced by many of the participants in the EAC study as they approach end-of-life. Thank you to Mr. Provost for sharing his story and the outreach workers who supported him to tell his story and continue to care for many on the streets of Victoria.

A PORT in the Storm 2: Lunch and Learn

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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It takes a community response to improve access to quality care for people experiencing structurally vulnerability at end-of-life (EOL). On October 27th 2016 we filled the Victoria Event Centre with representatives from the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness, AIDS Vancouver Island, City of Victoria, Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, Cool Aid Society, Dandelion Society, Island Heath (representatives from population health, case management teams, RJH & VGH), Ministry of Health, Our Place Society, Pacifica Housing, SOLID, Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller, TAPS, University of Victoria, and Victoria Hospice.

The event began with a territory acknowledgment by James Taylor, Anishnaabe Ojibwe from Curelake First Nation and a welcome from Marianne Alto, City Counsellor. Next, Dr. Kelli Stajduhar presented preliminary findings from the Equitable Access to Care study on barriers to quality EOL care for people experiencing structural vulnerability. She focused on the key themes of: the survival imperative; desensitization to death, the normalization of dying, and the problem of identification; “unfit for palliative care;” and the silo(ing) influence of care systems and resultant navigational barriers. Finally, the Palliative Outreach Resource Team (PORT) invited people to form small groups where we talked about facilitators to quality EOL care.

Click here to view the day’s program.

The roles and experiences represented at the event were diverse and the discussions plentiful. We hope that this event provided an opportunity to network and share experiences, and that these conversations and relationships continue to develop. We look forward to moving the conversation to action with this show of interest and commitment of front line workers, managers, executive directors, and other passionate people in our community.

A special thank you to our event partners, the Palliative Outreach Resource Team (PORT) and Victoria Hospice, and our generous sponsors, the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller – Victoria Commandery. Thank you to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for funding the Equitable Access to Care study. Thank you to all the people who are working to make our community and world a better place.

On August 6, 2016 the Times Colonist printed the story of a medically-fragile, Indigenous man who was discharged from the Victoria General hospital with nowhere to recover from surgery except on a shelter mat or on the street after doctors removed his gallbladder. In an Op-Ed printed in the Times Colonist (August 14 2016), Dr. Kelli Stajduhar and Ashley Mollison highlight the barriers to end-of-life care for homeless people as seen in emerging findings of the Equitable Access to Care study, and promote the important work of the Palliative Outreach Resource Team (PORT) in Victoria, BC. The barriers to care that Mr. Provost has experienced including poverty, racism, and stigma, are the same barriers experienced by many of the participants in the EAC study as they approach end-of-life. Thank you to Mr. Provost for sharing his story and the outreach workers who supported him to tell his story and continue to care for many on the streets of Victoria.

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