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Can J Aging. 2019 Jan 24:1-15. doi: 10.1017/S0714980818000594. [Epub ahead of print]

An Analysis of Documents Guiding Palliative Care in Five Canadian Provinces.

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1
McMaster University, Hamilton,Ontario.
2
University of Alberta,Edmonton,Alberta.
3
University of Calgary,Calgary,Alberta.
4
St. Thomas More College,University of Saskatchewan,Saskatoon,Saskatchewan.
5
Brock University,St. Catharines,Ontario.
6
McGill University,Montreal,Quebec.
7
University of Manitoba,Winnipeg,Manitoba.
8
University of Regina,Regina,Saskatchewan.

Abstract

ABSTRACTThe purpose of this study was to analyse the consistency and extent of palliative content across high-level guiding documents related to the care of persons residing in Canadian long-term care homes. A systematic search was conducted examining documents at the national level and across five provinces (Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec). Twenty-five documents were selected based on inclusion criteria from 273 documents identified in the systematic search. The majority of these documents were created nationally (48%) or in Ontario (28%). Documents varied in palliative topics discussed, and long-term care was discussed minimally. A minimal number of palliative care guiding documents were found. Long-term care specific documents were absent, and all documents lacked consistency on palliative topics. It is imperative that palliative principles are present and consistent in high-level documents in order to improve the quality of life and care for long-term care residents across Canada.

KEYWORDS:

Canada; aging; analyse de documents; document analysis; end of life; fin de vie; long-term care; palliative care; soins de longue durée; soins palliatifs; vieillissement

PMID:
30675830
DOI:
10.1017/S0714980818000594

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