The iPANEL research program is guided by the question: How and in which contexts can a palliative approach better meet the needs of people with chronic life-limiting conditions and their family members and guide the development of innovations in health care delivery systems to better support nursing practice and the health system in British Columbia?
To address this broad-based question we are engaged in and planning a number of research projects that fall under four intersecting research strands . Each of the research strands are co-led by a nurse researcher and clinical or administrative nursing leader who are members of the iPANEL team.
1. Health System and Policy Innovations
The focus of this research strand is to explore health system and public policy innovations that are needed to support nurses to enact a palliative approach in the contexts of the BC health care environment. We are also interested in the impact on staffing and skill mix, and the use of practice support tools, in integrating a palliative approach.
2. Preparing for a Palliative Approach
The focus of this research strand is to explore how we best prepare nurses and health care workers (taking into account context and skill mix) to integrate a palliative approach into their everyday practice and to determine effective educational strategies to support this.
3. Patient and Family-Centered Improvements
The focus of this research strand is to explore patient/family and system opportunities that nurses and health care workers can build upon to guide and support patients and families throughout the many transitions of chronic life-limiting illness.
4. Nurses and Health Care Worker Perspectives
The focus of this research strand is to understand nurses’ and health care workers’ perspectives about their practice-based experiences in a palliative approach across home care, residential care and acute care settings.