Knowledge Translation in Action: Improving the Quality of Care at the End of Life

The focus of this research will be to effect end-of-life (EOL) care by enlisting the existing expertise and knowledge capacity of clinical nurse educators, nursing unit team leaders and direct care staff engaging with them in a participatory action research (PAR) process to examine and develop new knowledge translation (KT) strategies.
 
The intent is to:
  • Collaboratively engage in a reflexive, critical assessment of current EOL care, and existing KT strategies;
  • Formulate an action plan to challenge and overcome limitations and constraints of current thinking and practice in EOL care; and
  • Develop new ideas, strategies, practices and institutional arrangements for KT.                                                         
Specific objectives in working with clinical nurse educators and nursing unit team leaders include:
  • Exploring their values, beliefs, assumptions and practices around care of the dying in order to sensitize them to the challenges and opportunities that arise in caring for the dying and their families;
  • Envisioning a transformed practice that would enable them to facilitate excellence in care of the dying with the front-line staff with whom they work; and
  • Developing KT strategies for care improvement that are relevant, sustainable, and take into account the realities of their current health care practice environments.
 
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Principal Investigators:
 
Co-investigators:
Sheila Cruikshank
Joanne Dolynuk
Carmela Vezza

Research Staff:
Darcee Bidgood
Elizabeth Causton

Project Contact:
Darcee Bidgood  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Funded by: 
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Status: Currently working on manuscripts for publication.

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