Dr Rick Sawatzky receives the Excellence in Advancing Nursing Knowledge & Research Award!
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.
Congratulations, Erin Donald!
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.
Dr Sally Thorne receives the Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring!
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!
A PORT in the Storm 2: Lunch and Learn
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.
iPANEL research cited in CSPCP report
On November 2, 2016, the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians released a report called How to improve palliative care in Canada: A call to action for federal, provincial, territorial, regional and local decision-makers. This report provides an analysis of the current state of palliative care in Canada, and makes concrete recommendations to improve care for everyone who needs it.
We are proud to see iPANEL publications cited in this report!
Sawatzky et al. (2016). Conceptual foundations of a palliative approach: A knowledge synthesis. BMC Palliative Care, 15(5). doi: 10.1186/s1290401600769.
Thorne, Roberts, & Sawatzky (2016). Unravelling the tensions between chronic disease management and end-of-life planning. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 30(2), 91-103. doi: 10.1891/1541-6518.104.22.168
Visit the CSPCP website to read the report.