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ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2017 Jul/Sep;40(3):261-277. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000163.

Embedding a Palliative Approach in Nursing Care Delivery: An Integrated Knowledge Synthesis.

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School of Nursing, Trinity Western University, Langley (Drs Sawatzky, Lee, and Reimer-Kirkham and Ms Liang), School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Ms Porterfield and Drs Baumbusch and Thorne), Fraser Health Authority, Surrey (Mss Roberts and Tayler), School of Nursing, University of British Columbia-Okanagan Campus (Dr Pesut), Providence Health Care (Ms Schalkwyk), and School of Nursing and Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health, University of Victoria, Victoria (Dr Stajduhar), British Columbia, Canada.


A palliative approach involves adapting and integrating principles and values from palliative care into the care of persons who have life-limiting conditions throughout their illness trajectories. The aim of this research was to determine what approaches to nursing care delivery support the integration of a palliative approach in hospital, residential, and home care settings. The findings substantiate the importance of embedding the values and tenets of a palliative approach into nursing care delivery, the roles that nurses have in working with interdisciplinary teams to integrate a palliative approach, and the need for practice supports to facilitate that embedding and integration.

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