Kelli I. Stajduhar

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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...

Development and Evaluation of a Family-Partnered Care Pathway for Critically Ill Older Patients

2016/17-2018/19 • $1,042,361 • PI,CO,Other
ABSTRACT: As society ages, increasing numbers of older patients are being admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICU) for life-sustaining treatments. Historically, older critically ill patients have been systematically excluded from many clinical trials so there is very little evidence to inform what...

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...

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 policy research study of dying at home in Canada

2017/18-2018/19 • $44,094 • PI,CO
Understanding the complexity of preferences for place of death and family involvement in end of life (EOL) care is especially urgent following decades of changes in Canadian health and social policies, funding and service delivery, which have increased structural pressures towards aging and...

Structural Vulnerability, Aging, and Care at the End of Life

2017/18 • $20,000 • PI,CO,Other
This proposal is for both a dissemination and a planning activity. The goal of the dissemination activity is to conduct a one-day integrated, knowledge translation symposium in which knowledge producers and users come together to use evidence to develop a model of care for structurally...

Stronger together: building interdisciplinary partnerships to identify and support best practices for long-term care for people living with HIV in British Columbia

2017/18 • $19,900 • PI,CO,Other
In the past two decades, with the arrival of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and a robust Treatment as Prevention (TASP) strategy, a demographic shift has been observed in people living with HIV (PLHIV), with individuals over 50 making up more than half of PLHIV in British Columbia...

Access to End of Life Care for Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations

2014/15-2016/17 • $357,608 • PI,CO,Other
People impacted by issues such as inadequate housing, racism, substance use and mental illness continue to experience persistent health and health care inequities and challenges in accessing health care services. Indeed, access to care at the end of life (EOL) is especially problematic for those...

Improving Palliative Care in the Home and Community: the CAPACITY trial

2016/17 • $100,000 • PI,CO
Improving palliative care is a critical national issue. Providing palliative care in the home is important because hospital resources are increasingly limited and 80% of people prefer to die at home. Yet over 60% of Canadians die in the hospital, mostly because there is a lack of capacity for...

A meta-narrative review of patient- and family-reported experience and outcome measures across transitions of care for frail seniors living at home.

2015/16 • $100,000 • PI,Other
As we confront the unprecedented aging of our Canadian population, there is pressing need for strategic, cross-sector care of the frail elderly whose healthcare costs are 4.5 times greater than adults 20-64 years old.1-2 While being in a state of increased vulnerability and risk, frail seniors...

Access to Residential and End-of-Life Care: Exploring South Asian Older Adults' and Family Caregivers' Perspectives

2013/14-2014/15 • $105,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
By 2031, approximately one third of the Canadian population will belong to a visible minority group and the South Asian (SA) population will comprise the largest visible minority group in Canada and the second largest in British Columbia (BC). Between 2006 and 2031, the proportion of the...

Improving DECIsion-making about goals of care for hospitalized, elDerly patiEnts: A multicentre, interventional study.

2013/14 • $24,998 • PI,CO
There is a real problem with modern healthcare at the end of life. Most elderly patients with advanced, life-limiting illnesses prefer to receive treatments aimed at improving quality of life and symptoms in their final days. Yet, the use of invasive and expensive technologies at the end of life...

Access to care at the end of life: Encounters between home care nurses and family caregivers

2010/11-2011/12 • $105,416 • PI
Access to quality palliative and end of life (P/EOL) care in the home continues to be problematic for many dying Canadians and their family caregivers. While several components are needed to effectively support dying at home, two of the most important are the availability of family caregivers...

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...

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...

The interpretation and practice of responsibility in home-based palliative care: the role of health promotion

2010/11-2011/12 • $55,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
The shift in health care towards health promoting approaches to delivery has implications for ideas about appropriate family roles and responsibilities, including when an individual is terminally ill. Family members tend to be viewed as "care partners" who will be empowered through training and...

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...

A Symposium on Translating Knowledge for a Palliative Approach in Nursing

2011/12 • $24,876 • PI,CO,Other
A Canadian population aging with multiple chronic illnesses has important implications for nursing practice. Traditional ideas of palliative care as care that is delivered at end of life within specialized contexts is no longer sufficient to meet the needs of Canadians. An emerging trend has...

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...

Knowledge Mobilization of Canada's Compassionate Care Benefit

2010/11 • $95,320 • PI,CO
This Knowledge Translation (KT) Supplement application has been developed in response to research results of the CIHR Operating Grant "An evaluation of Canada's Compassionate Care Benefit from a family caregiver's perspective" (Grant funding reference: 159760). From all our work to date, two...

Religious Requirements for a "Good Death" in Hospice Care

2010/11 • $64,923 • PI,CO
In the 1960s in London, England, Cicely Saunders introduced a new kind of care for the terminally ill which she called "hospice care". Cicely Saunders, a trained nurse, social worker and medical doctor, held that humans are capable of dying their own deaths with dignity and at peace. This...

Knowledge Translation in Action: Improving the Quality of Care at the End of Life

2010/11 • $57,262 • PI,Other
The quality of care provided to the dying and their family members has become an important health and social policy issue. A 2000 Canadian Senate Subcommittee report described obtaining quality care at the end of life (EOL) as the "luck of the draw" rather than as a basic service provided. Five...

Timely access to end-of-life care for patients with life-threatening illness

2010/11 • $40,500 • PI,CO,Other
This study looks at making sure patients with cancer and other life-threatening illness can get the right kind of end-of-life care at the right place and the right time. To do so, we need to improve the ability of clinicians to estimate accurately how long these patients will live, because the...

Re-Stor(y)ing Life Within Life-threatening Illness

2010/11 • $30,932 • PI,CO
Each year thousands of people will be diagnosed with life-threatening illness including cancer, end-stage renal disease and HIV/AIDS. It is critical that health care professionals understand the experiences those diagnosed with life-threatening illness in order to better provide care, foster...

Exploring family care work at the end of life

2010/11 • $20,000 • PI
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