Sharon Baxter

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Recent Research Projects

Integrating a quality of life assessment and practice support system in homecare services for older adults with life-limiting illness and their families

2015/16-2018/19 • $656,089 • PI,CO,Other
Older adults who have advancing life-limiting illnesses and who are receiving health care at home often have complex problems that affect both their ability to function and their overall quality of life (QOL). Progress has been made in the managing some aspects of chronic illness, including...

Development and Validation of a Patient-Reported Measure of Compassionate Care

2016/17-2018/19 • $438,870 • PI,CO
Background & Importance: What we know and what is needed Compassionate care is increasingly recognized as an essential ingredient of quality healthcare by patients, family members, healthcare providers, decision makers, and researchers. Despite mounting evidence that it positively impacts...

Improving Quality of Living and Dying for People with Advanced Dementia and Their Caregivers

2016/17-2018/19 • $180,702 • PI,CO,Other
People who are living with dementia are one of society's most frail and socially excluded populations of older adults, especially those with advanced dementia (i.e., moderate and late-stage). As dementia progresses, the likelihood of placement in residential care (e.g., long term care,...

Identification and Management of Opioid Misuse, Abuse and Diversion in the Palliative Care Population: A Scoping Review

2017/18 • $55,425 • PI,CO,Other
The opioid-related death toll in Canada is rising annually with a parallel increase in prescription opioid use. Canada is the second highest consumer of prescription opioids in the world. Opioids are essential in palliative care to reduce suffering in patients with life-threatening illnesses....

Healthcare provider perspectives on barriers and facilitators in accessing palliative care and medical assistance in dying in Canada

2016/17 • $20,000 • PI,CO,Other
Canada is undergoing significant changes in terms of services to be made available to patients at the end-of-life. Medical assistance in dying and palliative care are the two principle service areas at the forefront of these reform activities with access to end-of-life care arguable forming the...

Working Together to Support a Palliative Approach in Long-Term-Care: A Pan Canadian Initiative

2015/16 • $20,000 • PI,CO,Other
Residents living and dying in long term care (LTC) homes represent one of society's most frail and marginalized populations of older adults. In Canada, currently 27% of residents die in LTC and this rate will rise to 39% by the year 2020. Despite these growing rates, most LTC homes do not have a...

Advance Care Planning Evaluation in Hospitalized Elderly Patients: A multicenter, prospective study. The ACCEPT Study

2011/12-2013/14 • $433,418 • PI,CO,Other
Our health care system is under siege- an aging population, patients living longer with chronic illness, and an increasing demand for services at end of life contribute to escalating costs. In a recent national survey, more than 80% of Canadians were concerned the quality of health care in...

Honoring the voices of bereaved caregivers: A metasynthesis of qualitative research with bereaved caregivers

2013/14 • $100,000 • PI,CO,Other
Issue to be addressed is the experience of bereavement for family caregivers after the death of the patient. Many of Canada’s almost 1 million family caregivers will become bereaved each year, as more than 68% of the 238,000 deaths in Canada in 2009 were due to a chronic disease, such as cancer,...

Caring about Caregivers: a collaborative approach to advancing knowledge and practice for family caregivers

2011/12 • $97,250 • PI,CO
The issue of caregiving touches every Canadian in some way. Statistics Canada estimates that 4.8 million Canadians were aged 65 or older in 2010, a number that's expected to double over the next 25 years. An August 2010 Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) study of more than 130,000...

Community-Based Primary Healthcare for People with Chronic Life-Limiting Conditions

2011/12 • $25,000 • PI,CO,Other
We are proposing a 3 day face-to-face planning and development meeting in Victoria, British Columbia to develop a CIHR Team Grant proposal focusing on developing, testing and evaluating interventions and innovative and integrated models of community-based primary health care for people with...

Quality Palliative Care in Long Term Care Alliance: An Integrated Knowledge Translation Initiative

2010/11 • $99,945 • PI,CO,Other
The Quality Palliative Care in Long-Term Care (QPC-LTC) Alliance brings 27 researchers together with 4 long-term care homes, 7 health care decision makers and 40 community organizations to improve quality of life for people who are dying in long-term care homes. Since forming in 2009 as a SSHRC...

Moving the Research Agenda for Advance Care Planning Forward in Canada

2010/11 • $22,500 • PI,CO
We are requesting funds to support the undertaking of a one-day meeting entitled: "Moving the Research Agenda for Advance Care Planning Forward in Canada". The date of the meeting has not yet been confirmed. The date provided above is tentative and may change. This meeting is co-sponsored by the...

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