Della K. Roberts

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Recent Research Projects

Seniors- Adding Life to Years (SALTY)

2016/17-2018/19 • $1,048,761 • PI,CO,Other
Late life is a time when older adults and their caregivers (family and friends) are faced with health and social issues that can impact their well-being. Everyone wants to live well in their final years but this is a challenge, particularly for people in residential long term care settings such...

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...

An Inter-provincial comparison of innovative programs that help individuals and families affected by life-limiting chronic illnesses navigate end-of-life

2018/19 • $57,119 • PI,CO,Other
As our population gets older and the number of people living with chronic diseases rises, it will become more difficult to provide good quality care for people who live with advanced chronic disease and are approaching the end of life (EOL). Much research across Canada has shown that our...

A Mixed Methods Knowledge Synthesis of a Palliative Approach

2011/12 • $100,000 • PI,CO,Other
As the Canadian population ages, serious chronic and life-limiting illness will become more of a concern. Many people in such circumstances will be in need of compassionate care at the end of life (EOL). Studies show that patients and families are not completely satisfied with the quality of EOL...

The interpretation and practice of family empowerment in home care nursing: palliative and chronic illness contexts

2010/11 • $164,130 • PI,CO
"Family empowerment" is the process of involving family members in the care of the patient, for instance in personal care tasks and decision-making, thereby enhancing their sense of control. The particular ways this happens in practice, however, is unclear. In this 2 year study, we are examining...

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