Welcome from the Principal Research Chair
in Palliative and End of Life Care
Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Research Lab in Palliative and End of Life Care at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. Through our program of research we aspire to improve care for those nearing end of life.
Our primary program of research focuses on finding innovative ways to improve the quality of life for those living with life-limiting medical conditions and declining health. An important aspect of quality of life is receiving support in place, whether at home or in their home community. We are scaling out and adapting a volunteer navigation partnership called Nav-CARE. For more information on this initiative see www.nav-care.ca
Another important aspect of our research explores strategies to relieve suffering at end-of-life. We are conducting longitudinal research to explore how palliative care and medical assistance in dying (MAiD) are developing in the Canadian context.
We are committed to building community capacity and partnerships. We work with community groups across the country using community-based, participatory-action research.
We welcome graduate and undergraduate students from across health and social science disciplines who work together in a supportive, interdisciplinary environment.
We invite you to browse through the different sections of our website to learn more about our students and projects.
For those wishing to know more about our work or student opportunities, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Barbara Pesut, PhD RN
Professor, School of Nursing
Principal Research Chair Tier 1
The Development of the Nav-CARE Program Continues with Funding from the Max Bell Foundation
With funding from the Max Bell Foundation (2017-2021), our team is implementing, evaluating, and planning a sustainable volunteer navigation model using an integrated knowledge translation approach. With a team of researchers, national and provincial partners, and organizational leaders from across Canada we have created a Nav-CARE Tool-kit to enable communities and organizations from across Canada to implement volunteer navigation. Furthermore, policy recommendations for Nav-CARE model use in Canadian healthcare will also be developed. To find out more about this exciting work, visit our Nav-CARE project page.