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Patient navigation and a palliative approach

Presenter:  Vanessa Martin
Date:  January 26, 2016
Time 2:00 - 3:00pm PST
Location:  Online Webinar hosted through InspireNet
Type of Event:  Online Webinar

How can we support our aging population and strengthen their systems of care and communities?

The effectiveness of patient navigation models have been widely accepted in the field of oncology, but remain ambiguously defined for older adults living and dying with chronic illness. I believe home health care providers can better support older adults and systems of care by using the concept of patient navigation to integrate a palliative approach. It’s about shifting the conversation away from seeing older adults as problems we need to fix towards embracing age-friendly communities. Navigation is about empowerment and sustainability and fortifying the system from the ground up.

Vanessa Martin. Through my work as a home care nurse in Vancouver, I have over 8 years of practical nursing experience providing chronic disease management, palliative care, and end-of-life care for older adults. I have approached my graduate studies at UVic as a way to deepen my practice in these areas, with the goal of developing a combined specialization in gerontology and palliative nursing practice. Of particular interest and importance to me is improving the care for older adults that experience unique needs such as frailty with a specific focus on coordinating collaborative approaches to complex patient-focused home care.

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